Pan de muerto is a traditional sweet bread made in Mexico in the weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead celebrations on November 1 and 2. The dough is formed into the shape of bones across the top of the loaf. Consisting of basic bread ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs, and dry yeast, with a little orange zest thrown in, the bread is often dusted with sugar when it comes out of the oven. People offer pan de muerto at home altars constructed to honor their deceased loved ones, but the living enjoy it too!
Photo: Pan de muerto, courtesy of Annabelle Orozco, CC via Flickr
Here’s a recipe for pan de muerto from epicurious.com. I’m trying it this week, and will let you know how it turns out!
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