Pan de Muertos Recipe

Enrich your Day of the Dead celebration with this rich buttery pastry. Although this is a common recipe in most parts of Mexico on this day, you can add a twist to your Pan de Muertos recipe.

Prep Time: 20

Total time: 65 minutes


  • One quart cup of margarine
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons anise seed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


  1. Melt the butter and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add warm water.
  2. Combine the flour, yeast, anise, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the warm butter-milk mixture. Add eggs and orange zest until well combined.
  3. Place the dough on a lightly flour coated surface and knead until smooth.
  4. Let it dough rise by covering it in a covered grease bowl.
  5. After 2 hours, place it on a baking sheet and let it double in size.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes in a preheated oven set at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. For the glaze, heat one-quart cup of sugar, orange zest, and orange juice until it thickens. Brush over warm bread

Nutrient Information

Per Serving: 207 calories; 5.1 g fat; 35.7 g carbohydrates; 4.8 g protein; 31 mg cholesterol; 156 mg sodium.