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Day of the Dead Bread

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Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an ancient Aztec ritual celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of Central America and the U.S. On November 1 and 2, wooden skull masks are donned and people dance in honor of their deceased relatives. While holiday traditions vary from place to place, food always plays an important role.

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  • Servings: 8 servings per loaf
  • Difficulty: Challenging

Ingredients

Original reipce makes 2 dozen Change Servings

  • BREADS
  • GLAZE
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Directions

  • Step 1 of 18

    FOR BREADS:
    COMBINE
    1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, anise seeds, salt and yeast in large mixer bowl.

  • Step 2 of 18

    HEAT evaporated milk, water and butter over low heat in medium saucepan until mixture reaches 115° to 120° F. and butter is melted. (If too hot, let it cool a bit before adding to dry ingredients.)

  • Step 3 of 18

    MAKE a well in the center of the flour mixture; pour in milk mixture. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until blended.

  • Step 4 of 18

    ADD eggs and 1 1/2 cups flour; mix well. Gradually add remaining 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups flour (1/2 cup at a time) mixing well after each addition until dough is smooth but not sticky (You may not need all the flour).

  • Step 5 of 18
    5

    PLACE dough on lightly floured surface; knead 10 to 15 minutes or until dough is moderately stiff, smooth and elastic. Additional flour may be needed to help prevent sticking.

  • Step 6 of 18
    6

    PLACE dough in large greased bowl; turn over. Cover with greased plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature for 60 to 75 minutes or until doubled in size.

  • Step 7 of 18

    PUNCH dough down.

  • Step 8 of 18
    8

    CUT dough into 4 equal portions to make 3 “loaves” and 1 for decorations.

  • Step 9 of 18

    SHAPE 3 of the portions into round loaves on lightly floured surface, kneading as necessary. Place on greased baking sheet(s). Keep all dough portions covered with greased plastic wrap to prevent drying of dough.

  • Step 10 of 18
    10

    SHAPE remaining dough portion into 3 small balls, tears, braids and/or bones.

  • Step 11 of 18
    11

    TO DECORATE, place 1 small ball on top of round loaf, surrounding each ball with the remaining decorations. To adhere shapes to dough, gently score decorations, as well as areas on each loaf that decorations will be attached to. Adhere with dabs of water.

  • Step 12 of 18

    LOOSELY COVER with greased plastic wrap. Allow to rise at room temperature for another 30 minutes or until nearly doubled.

  • Step 13 of 18

    PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Meanwhile, prepare Glaze.

  • Step 14 of 18

    COMBINE 1/2 cup sugar and orange juice in small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until syrup is formed, about 5 minutes. (Mixture may bubble up; remove from heat if it does, stir and then return to heat.) Remove from heat.

  • Step 15 of 18

    BAKE loaves for 20 minutes.

  • Step 16 of 18
    16

    BRUSH loaves with syrup.

  • Step 17 of 18

    SPRINKLE with sugar; return to oven. Continue baking for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

  • Step 18 of 18

    TIP: Sprinkle colored sugar on loaves.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Servings: 8 servings per loaf
Calories 200
Calories from Fat 50
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 45mg 16%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber .5g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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  • Difficulty: Challenging

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