Pan de Muerto – the masterpiece of Mexican bakery


Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is considered the most representative tradition of Mexican culture, where family and friends gather together to honor dead relatives. The celebration is held over two days: November 1 is dedicated to the souls of children and November 2 for adults.

The celebrations include colorful altars with the favorite food and drink of deceased loved ones, all night vigils at the cemetery and special foods such as Pan de Muerto.

This bread of the dead must be eaten by the living during every meal and offering. They come in different styles and shapes. The most popular is round, covered with red or white sugar with strips that simulate bones. There are also those with forms of skeletons or animals. The ingredients can vary depending on the region, as in the case of bread covered with sesame seeds, which is typical of Xochimilco.

Below you will find the recipe to prepare this famous traditional Mexican bread yourself. Be aware, you will fall in love with the delicious taste of this masterpiece of Mexican bakery.


    • 1 Kilo of flour
    • 30 Grams of instant yeast
    • 300 Grams of sugar
    • 5 Grams of salt
    • 8 Eggs
    • 100 Grams of butter
    • 80 Grams of vegetable shortening
    • 200 Ml of water (1 cup)


  • Sesame seeds
  • Maximix 40-10 grams (accelerator found in any store where they sell ingredients to bakeries)


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Mix flour with yeast in the Maximix (or any other mixer). Form a source and in the center add salt, sugar and butter. Then, add the eggs little by little, mixing perfectly. Add water and knead for 30-40 minutes or 15 minutes in the blender with the special hook.

Let the dough rest until doubled in size. Then, shape into loaves, decorating them with bones made of the same mass or figurines that look like skeletons. Sprinkle some with sesame seeds and the other with sugar. Put the piece in the oven and keep it there for 25 minutes or until cooked. This you will know by beating on the bottom, which sounds hollow.


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