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! 

Ingredients

  • 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


Directions
  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.



3 comments:

  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!

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  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)

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  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!

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