Have you ever celebrated Dia de los Muertos? The year before I left Tucson, Arizona, we went to the Dia de los Muertos parade. It is a HUGE celebration! Seriously, the colors, the paint, the costumes, the flowers, the candles…..they are every where, and sooooooo beautiful!!!
Our first home in Tucson we lived a few blocks away from a shrine that was the only shrine dedicated to the soul of a sinner, called El Tiradito. Every night people will light candles, and say prayers. Good or bad, los muertos are celebrated in some way.
Just to give a little scoop on what Dia de los Muertos is: “Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.”
This is a traditional bread made to celebrate muertos, you can shape it into skulls, bones, or individual loaves. When the bread is baked, you can then give it the color it deserves. Every celebration deserves color!
I decided to make this bread a few weeks ago. What inspired me was a new-to-me author I found. I am currently on her third book. For the first two that I read, she shared a lovely story, along with several unique recipes. I have 20 recipes bookmarked, and ready to be made soon!
When I looked more into this bread, it was shared that a round loaf is made. On that round loaf you put decorations, and a round ball on the top. So to keep with tradition, I did the best I could to create a round loaf with fun decorations.
Now I don’t have a shrine nearby, or even at my house. So I had fun kinda creating one. A shrine does not only include candles or pictures. A shrine for some families can include favorite food, piece of clothing, or favorite mementos!
4 hrPrep Time
40 minCook Time
4 hr, 40 Total Time
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Measure milk and salt into a large glass measuring cup, and drop in a stick of butter cut into chunks, heat in microwave until milk is scalded and butter melts, let stand for 10 minutes. (I heated milk, salt, and butter over medium heat stove top.)
Measure warm water (water should be about 120 degrees Fahrenheit) into small bowl and stir 1 Tbsp flour and 1 tsp sugar into warm water, sprinkle yeast on top and let dissolve for a few minutes.
In kitchenaid mixer or by hand: While yeast is resting, measure 1 1/2 cups of flour into a bowl, mix in anise seed and sugar, mix together well, then add milk/butter mixture and mix well, next add yeast mixture and mix vigorously until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Then stir in remaining flour 1 cup at a time until dough is soft and not sticky.
Turn out dough on counter and knead well for 10 minutes or so, until dough is smooth as a babies bottom.
Lightly grease bowl, put dough in bowl and lightly cover all sides with the grease, then cover dough with a damp towel, sit in a warm area to let rise until almost double in size about 1-2 hours.
Punch dough down and shape into loaves that look like bones or skeletons, let rise for one hour.
Bake for 40 minutes depending on oven.
For glaze: Mix sugar, fresh squeezed orange juice, and orange zest in small sauce pot, heat together on medium high heat for about 2 minutes.
With a brush paint the glaze onto each loaf, sprinkle with pink, orange, green and blue colored sugar.
Time to celebrate!
This year Dia de los Muertos is Friday November 1st and ends Saturday November 2nd!
I love the way the author ends sharing this recipe:
“Serve to the dead, or the living…..who tend to eat more of it!”