Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pan de Muerto - Bread of the Dead

Bread of the Dead-Pan de Muerto

Mexico’s traditional “Pan de Muerto”, mmm it’s a great recipe to celebrate this November “dia de muertos”, this bread is scented with orange and azahar water, which comes from the orange blossom, it’s a super scented bread, it’s preparation is similar to the brioche, it has a lot of butter and egg, so it is a kind of hard to make dough, but with love and care, everything is possible, and you will enjoy eating it!, it’s way better that bread from the supermarket.

Pan de Muerto Mexicano 1

I made this recipe guiding myself from the recipe from my friend Hilmar’s Blog Mis Recetas Favoritas, If someone knows bread, it’s her, to make it easier I made the bread using the mixer, because kneading the dough by hand with the humidity here is a no go, but if you do it by hard, let me warn you, you are going to need patience and you are going to work out those arms a lot, A LOT.

Pan de Muerto

Vanessa Hernandez
Published 10/31/2014
Mexican Pan de Muerto, It’s a bread made  from butter and eggs, scented with orange and azahar water.



  • 250 grs of  flour 
  • 35 grams of sugar 
  • 5 g of dry yeast 
  • 80 ml of water

  • Final dough

  • 113 grams of sugar 
  • 105 grams of unsalted butter 
  • 250 grams of flour 
  • 4 g of salt 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 2 tablespoons of  fresh orange juice 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of orange blossom water 
  • Grated zest of 1 orange

  • Glaze

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 
  • Sugar for garnish

  • Instructions

    1. We start by placing all the ingredients of pre ferment in a bowl and mix, let them  rise for 1 hour in a warm place. 
    2. Then place the pre ferment in a blender and start adding sugar and butter, when incorporated add the eggs, then the orange juice and orange blossom water. 
    3. Finally add the flour, knead at high speed for 15 minutes or until dough is elastic and manageable. 
    4. Transfer the dough to a bowl previously covered with a little oil, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 hour. 
    5. Remove dough from bowl, divide into equal portions, form into small balls, then decorate with strips of the same mass. 
    6. Place the loaves on Le Creuset baking sheets, lined with waxed paper, let it rise for 2 hours, brush with butter and cover with sugar. 
    7. Bake at 350ºF for 35-40 min.

                Yield: 5 breads
                Prep Time: 03 hrs. 30 mins.
                Cook time: 00 hrs. 40 mins.
                Total time: 2 hrs. 70 mins.
                Tags: Recipe Pan de muerto, Day of the Dead, Mexican Recipe

                If you are wondering where can you find the azahar water, and you are starting to give excuses for not making the bread, let me tell you, azahar water can be found on Arabian food stores, they use it a lot for their desserts,  I love it too, and if you can’t find it anywhere, don’t worry, just use oranges, add more orange zest and done, you know, we cook to be happy, and the good thing about making bread is that when kneading the stress goes away.

                Pan de Muerto Mexicano 2

                I hope you like this Mexican Pan the muertos recipe, it is tradicional here, and you can find it everywhere, I particulary like this tradition of honoring the loved ones that are no longer with us, reminding the best of them, what they enjoyed eating and always with happy memories, I hope you like the recipe and make it at home, if you have any doubt, let me know, and comment here on the blog, facebook doesn’t count haha, JK, let me know on any medium.

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