Making Pan de Muerto at Capella Ixtapa

pan de muerto

pan de muerto

I love Día de los muertos not just because of all the colors and activities involved during this holiday, but also because of the traditional food enjoyed throughout the festivities.  A few weekends ago, the team at  Capella Ixtapa prepared our traditional Day of the Dead altars, and I got to spend some time in our kitchen with our pastry Chef Antonio, observing how he prepared traditional Mexican sweet bread, pan de muerto.  If you haven’t tried pan de muerto yet, I encourage you to do so!  It literally melts in your mouth, and I love it best served with Mexican hot chocolate.  In Mexico, we usually enjoy pan de muerto during October and November, for Day of the Dead celebrations, but as the bread is so good, it is starting to be available throughout the rest of the year as well.  If you didn’t get a chance to enjoy it during Day of The Dead, do not despair!  I have asked Chef Antonio if he could share the recipe with us.  Now it can be enjoyed whenever!

Pan de muerto recipe

Ingredients

– wheat flour:   500 gr
– sugar:   160 gr
– salt:   20 gr
– orange flower water:   5 ml
– baking powder:   20 gr
– butter without salt:   150 gr
– eggs:   3
– lemon zest:   15 gr
– cinnamon powder:   5 gr

Preparation:

Use a mixer at low speed to mix flour, sugar, baking powder and eggs.  Add salt, lemon zest and cinnamon.  Increase the speed and slowly add butter until it gets incorporated and you obtain a homogenous mass.  Give a form to your bread making 2 crossed “bones” on top of the bread.  Let it rest for approximately 3 hours or until it doubles in size.  Bake in the oven at 185ºC (365 F) for 15 minutes or until it has a light gold color.  Allow it to cool and then glaze it with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar until you have a nice sugar coating.

Enjoy it with hot chocolate and orange marmalade.  Buen pvovecho!

Día De Muertos

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Me encantan las festividades mexicanas, todas llenas de historia, cultura y pasión.

Acabamos de celebrar Día de Muertos. Esta celebración es en memoria de nuestros queridos difuntos. Pero esta no es una oscura celebración, el Día de Muertos es ¡una celebración de la vida! Es el día en el cual se nos recuerda disfrutar el presente, mientras honramos a todos aquellos que han fallecido. Es interesante para mí que las celebraciones del Día de Muertos pueden ser rastreadas en las culturas indígenas del país ¡hasta casi 3000 años!

Cada día de las festividades tiene un enfoque diferente. Noviembre 1º es para recordar a los niños difuntos. Este día se le conoce como Día de los Inocentes o Día de los Angelitos. Noviembre 2 es para los adultos y es el verdadero Día de Muertos.

Tanto en sus hogares como en las tumbas de los fallecidos, las familias montan ofrendas para sus seres queridos, con flores, regalos ¡e incluso serenatas musicales! También son colocados en los altares flores brillantes, calaveras de azúcar, pan de muerto, calabaza entacha, y los platillos favoritos del difunto. Y por supuesto, uno de los personajes más característicos del Día de Muertos es “La Catrina”, aquel elegante esqueleto.

Aquí en Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, la gente se reúne en la Plaza Principal para construir altares y ofrendas para los difuntos, y por supuesto ¡para celebrar la vida! Cada año, espero con ansias este evento y todo lo que representa.

Tú participaste de alguna celebración similar? Cuáles son tus elementos favoritos?

 

(In English)

Day Of The Dead

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I love Mexican holidays! Each is filled with history, culture and passion.

We just celebrated Day of the Dead, or as we call it “El Día de Los Muertos”.  This celebration is in memory of our deceased loved ones. But this is not a somber holiday—El Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life! It is the day when we are reminded to enjoy today, while honoring all those who have passed away.  It is interesting to me that the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to the country’s indigenous cultures, spanning back 3000 years!

Each day of the celebration has a different focus.  On November 1st we honor children.  This day is recognized as “Día de los Inocentes” (Day of the Innocents) or “Día de los Angelitos” (Day of the Little Angels).  November 2nd is for the adults and is the true “Día de los Muertos.”

Whether at their home or at the graves of the deceased, family members erect shrines to lost loved ones, complete with flowers, gifts and are often serenaded with music!  The memorials are further decorated with brightly colored flowers, sugar skulls, “el pan de muerto” (a sweet bread), “calabaza entacha” (a pumpkin dessert) and the favorite dishes of the deceased.  And of course, one of the most recognizable characters of Day of the Dead is also “La Catrina,” the elegant skeleton.

Here in Ixtapa- Zihuatanejo, we gather at the Plaza Principal to create grand memorials to those we have lost, and of course to celebrate life!  Every year, I look forward to this event and all that it represents.

Do you partake in any similar celebrations?  What are your favorite elements?

 

(En Español)