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How to Make Day of the Dead Bread

Follow this recipe to make Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, bread for the deceased loved ones to enjoy on the holiday.


  • Step 1: Mix dry ingredients Mix 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the sugar, salt, anise seed, and yeast in a mixing bowl until everything's combined.
  • Step 2: Heat milk, water, and butter and add to bowl Heat the milk, water, and butter in a pan until the butter melts. Then pour the liquid into the dry ingredients mixture and beat it thoroughly.
  • Step 3: Add eggs and flour Mix in the eggs and another 1 1/2 cups flour, and continue adding the rest of the flour, little by little, mixing as you add.
  • Step 4: Knead the dough Flour your work surface and knead the dough on it for nine to 10 minutes. Put the dough in a greased bowl and allow it to rise until it doubles in size -- about half an hour.
  • TIP: Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel while the dough rises so the air doesn't dry it out.
  • Step 5: Shape the dough Punch the dough down, shape it into an oval, and make decorative bone shapes in the top of the oval.
  • TIP: You can pull off pieces of dough and shape them into bones to stick on top of the loaf.
  • Step 6: Bake and decorate Let the dough rise for another hour and then bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes. Then remove it from the oven and sprinkle it with confectioners' sugar and colored sugar.
  • Step 7: Offer it to the spirits Put the loaf of bread on your Day of the Dead altar to feed the spirits of loved ones who have passed away.
  • FACT: Dia de los Muertos was originally an indigenous holiday in Mesoamerica. When Spanish colonists arrived in Mexico, they moved the day to November 2 so it coincided with the Catholic holiday, All Souls Day.

You Will Need

  • 5 1/2 c. flour
  • plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. anise seed
  • 2 packets dry yeast
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 4 eggs
  • Colored sugar and confectioners' sugar

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