Loving Mexican food so much that you are willing to take the next step and try making a Mexican pastry? The Pan Dulce is a good way to start! Pan Dulce is a delicious bread that is slightly sweet. The colored toppings are usually carved into a design which spreads out during cooking to create interesting patterns and cracks. Pan Dulce is often eaten for breakfast with coffee.
Ingredients for the Dough:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
4 eggs, beaten and at room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup lukewarm water
one tablespoon or one package of dry yeast
4 cups flour
Ingredients for the Topping:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
various food coloring
How to prepare:
Add the shortening and sugar into a bowl and mix until it becomes creamy.
Add in the eggs, salt water and yeast and mix until the ingredients are blended together. Place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour the mixture into the flour. Slowly begin to mix the liquids into the flour until a dough forms.
After the dough forms, begin to knead it on a lightly floured work surface. Place it into a bowl and cover it with a damp towel. Place the covered bowl in a warm area and let it rise for one hour.
After the dough has risen, divide it into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a round shape and place it on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover them with a damp cloth and let them rise for an hour.
Mix the topping ingredients together and it should appear crumbly. Remove the topping mixture and divide it into however many colors you are going to use then add the coloring. Knead it between your hands until the color is mixed in.
Press a portion of the topping between your palms until is flat then place each portion of topping on one portion of dough. Slide a sharp knife through the topping to create any design of your choice.
Bake the Pan Dulce at 350 degrees for about fifteen minutes and let them cool slightly before serving.