pan de muerto (day of the dead)

Pan de Muerto also known as Día de los Muertos. It has a subtle sweetness yet a rich and distinct flavor from orange zest and anise seeds.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients Needed

This recipe yields 6 medium loaves, but it can be divided to make 2 large loaves or 12 individual small loaves.

*Quick Tip!*

- sugar - flour - anise seed - orange zest - milk - butter - eggs

Bloom the yeast mixture, then add the dry ingredients, and wet ingredients. Mix until smooth and elastic.


Add the dough to a greased bowl and set it in a warm place to rise for 2 hours.


Divide the dough into 6 loaves. Next, cut 1/4 of each loaf to create the bone shapes and balls. Gently drape the bone shapes on top of the loaves so they’re crisscrossed on top.


Bake the loaves for 35 minutes at 350°F. Brush the butter all over the top, then sprinkle with granulated sugar and enjoy.


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