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A Culinary Experience*Healthy & Easy Cooking by Karen Dana

By KarenDana, member

Posted: October 31st, 2010

Mexican Tradition : Pan de Muerto is served always on the day of the Dead , topped with lots of sugar as to bring sweetness and joy in this sad day 

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1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons anise seed
1/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons orange water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon of butter

topping
2 tablespoons of sugar

Heat the milk and the butter together in a medium saucepan, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add them warm water , salt, sugar and yeast.

In a food processor mix the flour, anise seed, eggs, orange water, vanilla and the milk mix with the yeast.

When the dough is smooth and soft , turn off the food processor and leave alone so that no air gets in, until doubled in size.

Take out and shape anyway fun way you would like . And again let it rise .

Preheat oven at 375 F and bake for about 35 minutes . Remove from oven and while it slightly cool make the glaze by heating all the ingredients in a small pan until it start to reduce .

Brush over the bread and put in the oven for 10 more minutes or until lightly browned. When ready glaze with the left over glaze and sprinkle on top the white sugar .

Serve with a nice hot chocolate or Atole ( mexican warm drink)

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