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Pan de Muerto

pan de muerto Side Mexican
Pan de Muerto
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 4

Day of the Dead is a huge Mexican celebration. Families create altars, visit cemeteries and get together to remember those that are no longer with us. This colorful celebration is filled with flavors and aromas, and pan de muerto is one of the traditional treats for this holiday. If you're in Mexico during this time, you'll notice the bakeries are filled with different varieties days in advance. In Guanajuato, a state made famous by its creative bakeries, you can find the most traditional sugared pan de muerto with bone decorations as well as a variety of works of art in different shapes and bright colors. My favorite version has to be the one that is covered in white lemon glaze. My grandmother would come home with a bag filled with these delicious breads to serve with atole. The recipe I'm sharing with you today is inspired by these white pastries symbolizing the tombs and decorated with white glaze and a pink sugar cross. I hope you like it! MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated Original biscuits
1
teaspoon lemon zest
4
teaspoons sugar

For the glaze

1/2
cup powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons lemon juice

To decorate

2
tablespoons sugar
1
drop of red food coloring

Directions

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  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • 2
    Open the Pillsbury™ Grands!™. Separate the rolls.
  • 3
    Stir the lemon zest with the sugar. Line a baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  • 4
    Take on of the rolls and use a spoon to sprinkle on the sugar. Place another roll on top and firmly press the edges together to seal them. Use your hands to create an elongated shape and place on the baking dish. Repeat until you've created 4 breads.
  • 5
    Bake for 13-15 minutes or until they’re all browned. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • 6
    For the glaze: Stir the sugar and lemon juice until you have a thick and almost solid consistency. Pour over the bread. If you want, you can add a thin layer to each and repeat after a few minutes.
  • 7
    To decorate: Stir the sugar with the food coloring. Cover the bread in sugar in the shape of a cross.
  • 8
    Happy Day of the Dead!

Expert Tips

  • You can use orange zest for the filling instead of lemon.

Nutrition Information

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More About This Recipe

  • Day of the Dead is a huge Mexican celebration. Families create altars, visit cemeteries and get together to remember those that are no longer with us. This colorful celebration is filled with flavors and aromas, and pan de muerto is one of the traditional treats for this holiday. If you're in Mexico during this time, you'll notice the bakeries are filled with different varieties days in advance. In Guanajuato, a state made famous by its creative bakeries, you can find the most traditional sugared pan de muerto with bone decorations as well as a variety of works of art in different shapes and bright colors. My favorite version has to be the one that is covered in white lemon glaze. My grandmother would come home with a bag filled with these delicious breads to serve with atole. The recipe I'm sharing with you today is inspired by these white pastries symbolizing the tombs and decorated with white glaze and a pink sugar cross. I hope you like it!

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