As many of you already know, I love to explore the culinary traditions of every region. It’s very interesting for me to learn the roots and origins or certain recipes that have become traditional over time and are internationally known. This is the case when it comes to guaguas de pan, figures of babies or dolls made of sweet bread that, according to pre-Columbian traditions, are meant to represent the dearly departed.
In Ecuador, The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2nd. They say that at its inception, the natives would nail wooden dolls to the coffins of the dead and bring them plentiful offerings of food. I learned about these customs not only for The Day of the Dead, but also for any time I crave these tasty pastries. Sometimes I fill them with jelly, sometimes I don’t, but whatever the case may be they always come out fantastic! Another Ecuadorian Day of the Dead tradition is the colada morada that goes hand in hand with the guaguas.
But, for me, the best part of preparing this dessert is that my daughters love to help decorate and give color to these traditional dolls.