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Uplifting Pan De Muerto

One of the things that I love about living in San Diego is that I have learned so much about Mexican culture. I have to admit that when I moved to San Diego, I wanted to go to Tijuana, celebrate “El Día de Los Muertos”, and live exactly what is described in Coco, the Disney movie. Last year, I was in San Antonio, TX   and I had the chance to see several altars that were incredibly beautiful.  I can’t wait to be able to go to South Mexico to see the parade, and learn more about Mexican culture.

Every year, I’m out of town and this year was the exception… However, with all the covid regulations, I had to be okay with just learning how to make the “Pan de Muerto” and celebrate it at home. Like any other Mexican recipe,  this bread is Yummy: it is slightly sweet, fluffy, and fun to make. This bread has lots of orange taste that makes it unique and addictive. I will definitely be making this bread again soon, and I know if you try it, you will want to do the same too. 


  • Bread Dough
  • 500g – All Purpose Flour

  • 2 Tbsps. – active dry yeast

  • 100g – Sugar

  • 1 Tsp – Salt

  • 80g – Butter at room Temperature – Cut into 4 pieces

  • 80g – Margarine

  • 4 eggs – At room temperature

  • Orange Zest from 2 oranges

  • 4 tbps – warm water

  • 1 tsp – orange essence

  • Topping
  • 30g – Butter at room Temperature

  • 1 egg

  • Sugar


  • Making The Dough
  • In a mixer with a dough hook, add All-purpose flour, orange zest, orange essence, eggs, salt, sugar, water and the dry active yeast. Mix until well combined (about 2 minutes) .
  • Cut the butter and Margarine into 4 pieces, and mix in one. Wait until the butter or Margarine is combined before adding the next piece. Mix in all butter and Margarine this way.
  • Once combined, continue to knead the bread on med-low speed until soft and stretchy (15 minutes)
  • Coat the interior of a large bowl with margarine; transfer dough to bowl and cover. Let stand in a warm place until it doubles in sizeabout 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Forming the Bread
  • Divide the dough into 2. (My dough ended up being around 1000 grams, so two 500 gram balls)
  • Next trim 100 grams off each ball and set aside for use later.
  • Shape the now 400 gram pieces into two evens balls.
  • Divide one of the 100gram pieces into 4 pieces. Create 3 bones like objects and create one small ball to symbolize the skull.
  • Place the bone on the bread, like pictured above, then place the ball on top. Repeat on other loaf with the other 100 gram piece
  • Final Steps
  • Let proof for 45 minutes to an hour. When you press them you finger should leave an indent that slow comes back.
  • Once Proofed brush the bread with an egg wash and place in a 350F oven for 18 to 25 minutes, until golden brown
  • Let cool. Melt butter and brush the top then sprinkle with sugar.

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