Sunday, November 2, 2008

Dia de los Muertos ~ Pan de Muerto

And, as promised last year.... Pan de Muerto. Now I KNOW I didn't have enough time to make this last year, after work! It took quite a long time today!

I used a recipe I found on boston.com.

It's a sweet egg bread. I don't typically care for anise flavor. But it's really subtle and delicious in this bread! It took a long time, but I was really pleased with it. Although, I do need practice making dough shapes.

You'll need:
4 TBLS anise seeds, divided
3/4 C water
1/2 C sugar
zest from 2 large oranges
1 TBLS plus 2 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 tsp salt
5 cups flour, plus extra for work surface
3/4 C unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 egg yolks, with one of the whites reserved and refrigerated, plus 2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vegetable oil

In a small saucepan, bring 2 tablespoons anise seeds and 3/4 cup water to a boil.
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Remove from burner, cover, and steep for 10 minutes.
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Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer, reserving the water and toss out the seeds.
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In a mixer bowl, using paddle attachment, beat on low, the sugar and zest until sugar well mixed
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Add remaining anise seeds
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Add yeast & salt
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Add 3 cups of flour
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Mix well on low
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While Add anise water
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Add melted butter mix well on low.
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With mixer still on low, add 2 beaten eggs
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And 4 egg yolks
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Then add the remaining 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time.
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Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface
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Knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
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Place dough into an oiled mixing bowl, and turn to coat with oil
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Cover and place in a warm, draft-free place for 1.5 to 2 hours. until dough has doubled in size.
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Until dough has doubled in size.
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Put dough on lightly floured surface, punch down and divide into two equal pieces.
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Pinch off about a 1/5 of each dough ball and decorate dough balls with bone designs. (my designs need a lot of work!!)
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Lightly cover and place in warm, draft-free place until dough doubles in size, about 45 minutes to an hour.

Brush loaves with beaten egg whites and bake in oven, preheated to 375F, 25 to 30 minutes, until golden and cooked through. Rotate pan halfway through.
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Cool bread on wire rack.

While bread is still warm, brush with glaze made from zest from one orange, 2 1/2 TBLS orange juice and 1/4 C sugar. Boil on stove until for 2 minutes.

Brush generously over warm bread.
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Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Enjoy!
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1 comment:

Bob said...

Mmmm, sweet egg bread.