PART OF Halloween

Learn How to Make Colorful Pan De Muertos for Day of the Dead

Pan de Muerto, or bread of the dead, is an important part of Day of the Dead — our sweet and colorful version is made with a brioche dough and topped with fruit and herb-flavored sugars.

Pan De Muerto

Extra fluffy and extra flavorful, our pan de muerto are coated in butter and dusted with homemade fruit sugar.

First, Pick Your Poison

Pulverize dried fruit or herbs of your choice in a blender until very finely ground. We used hibiscus, mango, raspberry, lemon verbena and blueberry for some seriously vibrant bread.

Sweeten it up

Add sugar to the powdered fruit and herbs, then set aside for later.

Make the dough

With your prepared brioche dough, shape eight large balls, eight small balls and 16 dough lengths for decoration.

Dressing them up

Drape a dough length across the top of each roll, positioning at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. Repeat with second bone, positioning at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. Then, crown each with a smaller ball.

all in a row

The breads — each adorned with dough bones symbolizing the circle of life — are now ready to be baked.

Golden Brown & Delicious

Bake the breads for 30 to 40 minutes and then allow to cool before finishing these beauties.

Time to Decorate

Brush the baked bread with melted butter and sprinkle on the fruit sugar to cover the exterior.

Ready for its close-up

They're almost too beautiful to eat.

A perfect palate

Repeat sugaring the breads until each is coated and colorful.

Dig In

Pan de muerto, a perfect, satisfying sweet to serve during Day of the Dead, can be made three days ahead.