Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Vegan Delight! - "Pan de Muerto"

Pan de Muerto

Pan de Muerto is a traditional Mexican bread eaten in the weeks leading up to Dia de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead. It is to be eaten at the grave site (or an alter) of your loved ones.

This is my modified vegan version of the recipe. I used soy milk because it is thicker than rice milk, but if you'd like to try rice milk, let me know how it turns out! 


  • 1/4 C Earth Balance
  • 1/4 C Soy milk
  • 1/4 C warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 C all-purpose flour (NON-Bleached & organic if you can)
  • 1 1/4 tspn active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 2 tspn anise seed
  • 1/4 C Florida Crystals sugar
  • 2 portion Ener-g Egg Replacer
  • 2 tspn orange zest
  • 1/4 C Florida Crystals sugar
  • 1/4 C fresh orange juice
  • 1 TBSP orange zest (zest orange before you juice it)
  • 2 TBSP Florida Crystals sugar

  1. Heat the soy milk and the Earth Balance together in a medium saucepan, until the EB melts. Remove from the heat and add them warm water. The mixture should be around 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of the flour, yeast, salt, anise seed and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Beat in the warm soy milk mixture then add the egg replacer and orange zest and beat until well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour and continue adding more flour until the dough is soft.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. (about 10 minuets) 
  4. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take about 1 to 2 hours. Punch the dough down and shape it into a large round loaf with a round knob on top. Place dough onto a baking sheet, loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until just about doubled in size.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven let cool slightly then brush with glaze.
  6. To make glaze: In a small saucepan combine the 1/4 cup sugar, fresh orange juice and orange zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes. Brush over top of bread while still warm. Sprinkle glazed bread with sugar.


  1. Oh my word! can i tell you how good this was? AMAZING! I looked at quite a few different recipes, but none of them seemed like the pan de muerto i remembered loving. This was it, slight sweet, incredibly fluffy bread, with the orange glaze! man i had a hard time not eating it all! I only made one addition, and that was some rose water(wish i had orange blossom water). I broke the dough in half and made two medium round breads. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  2. oh also i used almondmilk(vanilla from trader joes) and subbed the egg replacer for 1tbsp of ground flax and 3tbsp water(for each egg so 2tbspflax and 6tbsp total)

  3. Thank you! I'm glad that you like the recipe :
    I'll have to try it with the rose water and the orange blossom water sounds amazing too.

    I've used flaxseed before as an egg replacer before and I really like it too. I have a tendency to use what I have on hand. Right now I'm using corn starch, which is similar to the egg replacer.

    Thank you again!