Pan de Muerto
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour,
more for dusting
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons anise seeds
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup water at room
temperature, plus 1 tablespoon reserved
- 2 large eggs, plus 1
separated (3 all together)
- Zest of 1 large orange
- Sift the two flours
- Combine 1 cup of flour
mixture, 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons anise seeds,
2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/3 cup light brown sugar and 2 tablespoons sugar.
- In a small pan, combine the
milk and butter. Cook just until the butter melts, add in the 1/4 cup of water
and stir. With a thermometer, check that you achieve a temperature of 110ºF.
- Beat the milk mixture into
the flour mixture until smooth. Beat in the 2 eggs, orange zest and 1 more cup
of flour mixture. Gradually add in the rest of the flour until dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a
lightly floured surface until smooth and flexible. Transfer the dough to a
large greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise in warm place
for 2 hours.
- Punch dough down and using
a pastry cutter, divide the dough into three equal pieces. Make two equal round
loaves and transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Take the last piece of
dough and cut in into 4 equal parts. On a lightly floured surface, using your
hands, roll each piece into a cigar shape, about 7 inches long. As you roll it,
press down, making indentations into the dough. The idea is to make them look
like bones. Take two sections and make a criss-cross design on top of each
loaf. Where the dough meets, the center of loaf, build up the dough in the
shape of a knob. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for another hour.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Whisk together the reserved
egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the loaves with egg wash and sprinkle with
sugar. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes
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