Yeast bread is a bit of a science experiment. How amazing was it for my daughter to watch the bread double in size! By far her favourite part of making this bread was using the pieces of dough to make bones. It is always fun to play with your food! When it was time to taste the bread, we sliced the bread and spread on some butter. Our bread was enjoyed with a cup of tea. We toasted a glass of tea in celebration and in memory of my mother, who passed away just over 3 years ago. This was a lovely way to enjoy some time baking with my child and reminisce about my mom.Please take some time to check out what all the Around the World in 12 Dishes co-hosts have discovered about Mexico.
How to Bake a Pan de Muerto Recipe for Bread of the Dead
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp anise seed
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium heat.
- Remove from heat once the butter has melted, add the warm water…the mixture should be about 110F.
- In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup flour, yeast, salt, anise seed, 1/4 cup sugar.
- Add wet ingredients to dry.
- Once combined, add beaten eggs and orange zest
- Add 1/2 cup of flour and continue adding flour until dough has formed and is soft.
- Place dough on lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
- Lightly grease a large bowl with olive oil, place the ball of dough inside greased bowl…cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, dry spot until dough has doubled in size…about 1 hour.
- After 1 hour, punch down ball of dough and place ball on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- 10. Cut away a few pieces that can be shaped into bones and place on top of ball of dough.
- 11. Once decorated, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise again for another hour.
- 12. After the second rise, remove the plastic wrap and place in a 350F oven for about 35-45 minutes…until golden brown.
- 13. To make glaze; combine orange juice, 1/4 sugar and zest in a small sauce pan…bring to boil…brush over top of the still warm bread…sprinkle with 2 tbsp sugar.
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