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.