Pan de Muertos (Mexican Bread of the Dead) Recipe

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  1. Heat the milk and the butter together in a medium saucepan, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add them warm water. The mixture should be around 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of the flour, yeast, salt, anise seed and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Beat in the warm milk mixture then add the eggs and orange zest and beat until well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour and continue adding more flour until the dough is soft.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take about 1 to 2 hours. Punch the dough down and shape it into a large round loaf with a round knob on top. Place dough onto a baking sheet, loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until just about doubled in size.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven let cool slightly then brush with glaze.
  6. To make 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 still warm. Sprinkle glazed bread with white sugar.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2282.21 Kcal (9555 kJ)
Calories from fat 536.31 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 59.59g 92%
Cholesterol 328.59mg 110%
Sodium 1328.91mg 55%
Potassium 883.69mg 19%
Total Carbs 378.36g 126%
Sugars 82.5g 330%
Dietary Fiber 14.33g 57%
Protein 54.35g 109%
Vitamin C 45.5mg 76%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 19%
Iron 7.3mg 40%
Calcium 240.9mg 24%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 285.12 Kcal (1194 kJ)
Calories from fat 67 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.44g 92%
Cholesterol 41.05mg 110%
Sodium 166.02mg 55%
Potassium 110.4mg 19%
Total Carbs 47.27g 126%
Sugars 10.31g 330%
Dietary Fiber 1.79g 57%
Protein 6.79g 109%
Vitamin C 5.7mg 76%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 19%
Iron 0.9mg 40%
Calcium 30.1mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 49.8
  • 60

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar

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