Cacao recipe | Festive cacao
Pan de Muerto is a light, airy, sweet bread significant to Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrations. It is used as an offering on altars and shared with family as a way to honor those who have passed. Its unique shape is rich in symbolism. The round bun-like shape signifies the circle of life, with decorations consisting of two strips forming an “X” across the top. They subtly look like bones, with the four ends representing four ancient deities. The top is then finished with a small ball in the center, representing a skull.
While Pan de Muerto is a common offering on altar spaces, it is also enjoyed by families in celebration. In Mexico, you can find this special treat in many different versions, made with fruits, filled with creams or chocolate, or our favorite way, alongside a mug of warm Cacao with cinnamon. Paired together, it is the perfect combination as we dunk the pan in our chocolate, savor every bite, and sip.
The recipe is both dairy-free and plant-based. Instead of using egg, we substituted high-starch Gold Potatoes, which act as a binder, and add moisture to the bread. You can also try it with Sweet Potatoes for a new take on a classic.
Pan de Muerto or “Bread of the Dead” is an iconic staple found on altars in Dia de Los Muertos or "Day of the Dead" Celebrations. This beautiful recipe is perfectly paired with Ceremonial Cacao as a family treat or an offering to share with loved ones, here and beyond.
Servings: 6 loaves
Keywords: Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, Bread, Sweet Bread, plant-based, vegan, Dulce
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