Day of the Dead Bread

November 1, 2011

Pan de muerto is the ubiqutous baked good found at any Day of the Dead celebration.  It is a sweet yeast dough flavored with anise or orange that is made into shapes that resemble bones.  It is then covered in sugar to add extra sweetness and texture.  Even if you do not participate in Day of the Dead, this is a great bread to bake and eat for breakfast or as a snack.  Leftovers would make for a delicious bread pudding.

Pan de Muerto
Recipe from Anecdotes and Apple Cores


1/2 cup whole milk
5.5 TBSP unsalted butter
2 4x1 inch strips of orange zest (use a vegetable peeler)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 3/4 tsp active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt

4 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar


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