In Mexico “Day of the Dead” is a special day that observes our seres queridos who have passed away. During the day of the dead, the familias often take the opportunity to visit gravesites, clean any debris and decorate the graves of loved ones. Often candles, flowers and the favorite foods of the deceased are placed on the grave and the family visits, eats, sings and tells favorite stories about those who have passed.
One of the must-have foods to eat during this day is “Pan De Muerto”. A sweet bread that’s made to look like crossbones and skulls, and that kids and adults absolutely love!
Baking pan de muertos is a great way to bring your family together! <3 There are different ways to make this sweet bread. Each family can include their own favorite ingredients to add a more personal flair to the recipe, in our case; we love to add some Cinnamon Toast Crunch kids’ cereal from General Mills to the mix. This ingredient makes our Pan de Muerto extra sweet, and adds a touch of cinnamon to it, which tastes A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! And, along with the rest of the ingredients on this recipe, it can easily be found in the cereals aisle at your nearest Walmart or on their website.
Want to learn how to make our CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH PAN DE MUERTO with your familia? We’ll teach you how to make it in 5 easy steps!
We list below everything you need for both the bread and the sugar glaze that goes on top.
These are the ingredients you will need:
1/2 cup of crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch kids’ cereal from General Mills
- 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
- ½ packet of dry yeast
- ¼ cup of sweetened condensed milk
- ¼ cup of warm water
- 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon of anise seeds
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 egg yolk, beaten with 2 teaspoons of water
- 1 tablespoons of sugar
- ¼ cup of orange juice
- 2 teaspoons of orange zest
Time and servings:
- This recipe will make 1 loaf and serve 10 people
- It will take you a little over 2 hours to make, but it’s sooo worth the wait!
Step 1. Stir yeast!
Stir yeast and warm water in a large bowl (preferably made out of glass). Make sure you allow this mix to rest ten (10) minutes. Heat the condensed milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Add anise seeds, salt and condensed milk mixture to yeast mixture and stir to combine everything.
Step 2. Time to make the dough!
Once 10 minutes have gone by, add eggs, 1 cup of flour, and 1/2 cup of crushed Cinnamon Crunch cereal from General Mills to the mix with a wooden spoon. Slowly add the remaining flour, stirring very well until the dough comes together. Knead the dough gently until it becomes super smooth and elastic. In order to cerate a beautiful and yummy pan de muertos, the dough can’t be sticky, so make sure you knead it for a couple of minutes.
Tip: Place dough in a large greased bowl, cover it with greased plastic wrap, and let rise in warm place until it doubles in size (this can take up to 2 hours).
Step 3. Shaping your bread & adding the skull and bones.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper to make sure that your dough doesn’t stick to any surface. Punch dough down, and cut 3 small balls from loaf. Roll out 2 dough balls to form the “bones”. Shape the larger dough into a round loaf. Gently press the bones on top of the loaf crossing each other to make an “X”. Roll the remaining small dough ball to form the “skull”. Put skull in middle of the “X” and gently press down.
Tip: Place loaf on the prepared baking sheet and allow rising in warm place for about 30 minutes.
Step 4. Make the glaze
In a small saucepan combine the 1/4 cup sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes. Brush over top of bread while it is still warm.
Step 5. Time to bake!
Bake in a preheated (350 degrees F) oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool slightly then brush with glaze. Sprinkle glazed bread with white sugar… TONS of sugar!, and return to oven. Bake for five more minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with more sugar.
Tip: Let the bread cool down, and enjoy with some yummy chocolate caliente or a cold glass of milk. We promise, your kids and your family will love this pan de muertos. This recipe requires time to make it, so I recommend that you make two pan de muertos: one for your ancestors to enjoy, and one for your family and your kids to eat.