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How to make Pan De Muerto

Posted at 7:43 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 10:49:40-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Pan De Muerto is a traditional Mexican sweet-bread, often made during the weeks leading up to Dia De Los Muertos.


  • 3 pounds of flour
  • 1.5 cups of sugar
  • ¾ cup orange juice or 3 fresh oranges
  • 1 cup of butter or 1.5 cups of margarine
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 spoon-fulls of yeast
  • 3 spoon-fulls of orange zest
  • 2 spoon-fulls of salt


  • First mix all the dry ingredients
  • Add in eggs and butter and knead the dough
  • Add in orange juice and zest
  • Knead dough until it is all mixed but still retains a good elasticity; make sure not to add too much flour during kneading
  • Place dough in a bowl and cover, let rise for 20-30 minutes
  • Separate dough into balls about the size of an orange and add "bones"; cross rolls of dough on top
  • Bake for about 30 minutes
  • let cool for about 10 minutes then add butter and toppings.

Traditional toppings include sugar, sprinkles, or sesame seeds. Enjoy your Pan De Muerto with a side of Chocolate De Abuelita.