Pan De Muertos ( Day of the Dead Bread)

Total Time
3hrs 40mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 40 mins

this is a version of the bread that is made for November 2 celebration known as el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. My Spanish teacher gave our class this recipe, and most of us molded the bread into shapes, like skulls, bones, angels, animals, etc.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all dry ingredients together except the 4 1/2 cups of flour.
  2. In small pan, heat the milk, the water, and the butter.
  3. Add liquid mixture to the dry mixture.
  4. Beat well.
  5. Mix in the eggs and 1 1/2 cups of flour. Beat well.
  6. Put in rest of flour, little by little.
  7. Knead the mixture for 10 minutes.
  8. Put dough in bowl and allow to rise until has doubled in size, or about an hour and a half.
  9. Punch dough down and reshape it with some "bone" shapes on top to decorate it.
  10. Let rise another hour.
  11. Heat 1/2 cup sugar and the 1/3 orange juice over stove until melted.
  12. Brush over dough.
  13. Bake at 350°F for about 40 minutes.


Most Helpful

My daughter and I made this for extra credit in her Spanish Class ... and it is delicious!

Cook4_6 November 04, 2012

OK After Rachel contacted me and told me that weather could affect the outcome of the bread I realized I was baking this bread during Hurricane Sandy! Guess what? I tried the recipe again and it came out great!!!!
Thank you Rachel for your are so nice to contact me.
This recipe is great!!

swylie November 03, 2012

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