Pan De Muerto: Sweet Bread Of the Dead

updated May 2, 2019
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Earlier today we wrote about Creating a Día de los Muertos Altar. One of the most important offerings is a sweet egg bread called pan de muerto, or “bread of the dead.” Flavored with orange or anise, the bread is often shaped into skulls, bones, or people. Check out these inspiring examples of homemade pan de muerto!

1 We love how Hungry Sofia describes the process of making this bread: “For dead bread, it was very much alive.”
2 Kitchen Parade adapted her recipe from Diana Kennedy and has a nice little tutorial for forming the “bones.”
3 Pan de muerto can also be decorated with colored sugar, as seen in this recipe at Epicurious.
4 Fun, bone-shaped rolls from Wild Yeast.
5 Over at Serious Eats, Cakespy embellishes Frida Kahlo’s own recipe for pan de muerto.

Have you ever made pan de muerto? Will you try it this year?