Monday, October 31, 2011

¡ Día de los Muertos ! (Day of the Dead Bread)

Es el Día de los Muertos. ¿Qué es esto? La muerte a sí mismo en forma de pan!
¡ Echar aguas ! 





The traditional recipe for Pan de Muerto was way more cakey than any bread recipe I'd ever seen. ¿Eggs? ¿Warmed milk? ¿Vanilla extract? No entiendo.


I scrapped the traditional recipe and started from bread. Flour, water, yeast, salt. I threw in a couple of spoons of sugar, to make it sweet, and kneeded into the skull portion some sultanas, chopped candied ginger, and orange zest.

Then the fun part: shaping. Sliced in some eyes and a mouth. Made a full bone and two halves (which, out of context, appeared a little grosero...).

Glazed before baking with a mix of orange zest, sugar and water.

The result was a smooth, sweet bread, reminiscent of finger buns (without the sickly pink icing). And the scariest thing to ever come out of my oven.

Que chido! No hay bronca.


3 comments:

  1. Aaaaaand I'm so doing that. If only for the gratuitous Spanish.

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  2. Lucas: As good a reason as any. Better, in fact.
    ¡ vamos amigo !

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