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Pan de Muerto -- Mexican bread of the dead

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Pan de Muerto -- Mexican bread of the dead
Pan de muerto is a sweet egg-based bread baked to include on the altar during the Day of the Dead festivities. It can be formed in different shapes, commonly a skull shape or a round loaf with crossed bones on the top.

This is a yeasted bread, so allow plenty of time for the loaf to rise properly before baking it.




Ingredients

Instructions

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the milk and water until just simmering. Remove from the heat.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together 1 1/2 cups of flour and the other dry ingredients.

Fold the flour mixture into the saucepan mixture until just mixed.

Add the eggs, one at a time, then measure and add 1 cup of flour.

Mix in additional flour until the dough is soft without being sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a floured board to knead for ten minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic.

Grease a bowl, then transfer the dough into the greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a cloth, and leave it to right until the volume doubles (about 2 hours).

Punch down the dough, then transfer the dough to a greased baking sheet. Shape the loaf into your desired shape. Let this loaf rise for about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

When the loaf is ready, bake for 40 minutes, then remove it from the oven. Sprinkle with granulated cane sugar before allowing the loaf to cool completely.

Serves: 8.

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