pan de muerto is also know as dead bread or day of the dead bread and it Is made for the Mexican celebration “day of the dead” on the 1st/2nd of November. this sweet bread is eaten on the day or on the days leading up to the day of the dead and is left at alters and grave sites of deceased loved ones. the scull and bones are meant to represent ones who are lost and there is often a teardrop on the loaf that is meant to represent those who are left behind. i love learning about other cultures traditions and i think day of the dead is a great tradition. although I have to admit most of my knowledge of day of the dead was gained after watching the film the book of life (yes i know I’m 28 and i watch kids films lol) i learnt quite a bit about their traditions though.
this sweet bread of often flavoured with anise seeds or orange blossom water we ate it with butter for lunch.
- 4 and half cups strong white flour
- 10g or 2 sachet dried active yeast
- 4 tbsp
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp anise seeds (I mixed some anise seeds and some fennel seeds)
- 1 tbsp. orange blossom water