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Day 235: Pan de Muerto

Before I introduce this fantastic bread recipe, I just wanted to thank everyone who submitted their snack cake poll.

The pumpkin snack cake came in first place! I'll be making it very soon so stay tuned for that. I just put up another poll: What is your favorite pie? After all, Thanksgiving is coming up, and I would love to know everyone's favorite pie. The latest poll will end on November 20th, so get your vote in now!

Today is Día de Los Muertos and in honor of the day, I baked this delicious anise seed and orange bread.

Pan de muerto is a bread typically served on Día de Los Muertos. It's a classic Day of the Dead bread, and oh so delicious to eat. It's a round loaf decorated with pieces of dough to resemble bones and tears. I love this bread, it's moist and fluffy and a great way to celebrate Día de Los Muertos.

The vibrant flavors of orange and aniseed really compliment each other to create this wonderful loaf of bread. And dusting it off with sugar? Even better!


|Level: 👩🏽‍🍳👩🏽‍🍳|Time: 3 hours| Serves: 8-10|



  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened + 3 tablespoons melted butter for brushing the bread

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar + 1/4 cup extra for sprinkling over the bread

  • 3 teaspoons whole aniseed

  • 6 cups bread flour, divided

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water

  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

  • 2 packets instant dry yeast, 4 1/2 teaspoons


  1. Mix the butter, sugar, aniseed and 3 cups of the flour together in a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk your eggs, water, and orange zest together in a bowl. Pour into your stand mixer along with 1/2 cup flour. Beat for 30 seconds and then add your yeast and another 1/2 cup worth of flour. Finally add 1 more cup of flour, and continue mixing until you have a smooth dough. Cover with a dish towel and proof for 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Once your dough has finished proofing, reserve 1/4 of the dough to make your balls. Make 8 small balls, and 1 slightly bigger one. Make a large round ball, flattening it slightly and arrange in a pattern according to the photo below. Proof for another 1 hour, and then preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly flour a baking sheet, and add your dough on top. Bake your bread for 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with the 3 tablespoons melted butter that you reserved earlier, and sprinkle the extra 1/4 cup sugar on top.


- The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳


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