Favorite Sweet during Dia de los Muertos, Pan de Muerto, Can be Found at La Panaderia
In case you’re not familiar with this, pan de muerto is a traditional favorite sweet bread that is eaten during the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, along with the favorite foods of the late loved ones being celebrated and honored.
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The soft sweet bread traditionally features a subtle citrus flavor from orange zest or extract and is topped with a light dusting of sugar. Although traditions vary throughout the regions of Mexico, most pan de muerto is decorated with bone shaped pieces of dough laid across the top of the pastry.
Mexico-city natives and brothers, José and David Caceres, serve their take on pan de muerto year round at their bakery and café, La Panadería, but every year the sweet bread starts flying off the shelves the first week of October. At La Panadería, the pan de muerto is made from scratch daily using the brother’s prized 20-year-old sourdough starter. By incorporating this traditional American breadmaking technique into their pan de muerto recipe the Caceres brothers have created an artisan pastry unlike any other, and San Antonians go nuts for it.
At La Panadería, the people like you who enjoy our bread are not customers. You are our compañeros. Bread has always been sacred to humanity. The word compañero is a compound word whose origin comes from the tradition of sharing bread with someone. It comes from two Latin root words: com “with” and panis “bread” [one who breaks or shares bread with another]. We don’t want our experience with you to be a transaction. We want to have the type of cultural exchange that bakers had with their neighbors in the golden age of panaderías. In locations that provide the space, we will be making the bread in front of you so that you can see the goodness and quality that goes into our pan ArteSano. We value you. We want to honor you with the best bread that can possibly be baked in San Antonio, in any city or on any continent for that matter.