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The Best Pan De Muerto Recipe, Super Soft Day of the Dead Sweet Bread

This is a very traditional sweet bread pan baked in Mexico during the weeks leading up to the Día de Muertos.

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Today, I’m going to be sharing with you how to make the best Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead bread). This is a very traditional sweet bread pan baked in Mexico during the weeks leading up to the Día de Muertos, which is celebrated from November 1-2. But this bread is so delicious that seriously you can enjoy it anytime you want a piece of sweet bread!


Here in Arizona, I have not found a good spot to find some delicious fluffy and moist pan, so homemade is better. This is the way my grandma used to make it. I only adjusted by using orange extract traditionally she would use agua de azahar (orange blossom water), you can use either one.

The hardest part about this recipe is the waiting time. Other than that, this recipe is super easy you can use a stand mixer to help with the kneading process but one thing I learned through the years of baking is that through kneading you get to feel the dough which makes it easy to tell when it’s ready to sit. (Another thing I learned is that kneading by hand the bread comes out even fluffier.)

Every time I make bread it takes a total of 20 minutes to incorporate all the ingredients together and have the perfect dough! Just make sure you knead really well! Keep in mind like every recipe and every household, there are tons of variations that make this delicious recipe, you can constantly adjust it to your taste; I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

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Ingredients for the pan de Muerto:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar plus 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 3 eggs 1 yolk at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup salted butter at room temperature
  • 12 tbsp 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp orange zest (zest of 1 orange)
  • 1 tbsp orange extract or orange blossom water
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Sugar I like to use sanding sugar
  • 4 tbsp Butter room temp
  • 1 egg-
  • pinch of salt and sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 serving of love

Tip: Be ready to wait for at least 4 hours. Baking time is between 15-20 minutes (350F) depending on the oven. Make sure you cut 20 small pieces of dough which would be used for the top!

About Claudia Regalado

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