Pan de Muerto
You can never have too many hor d'oeuvre recipes, so give Pan de Muerto a try. Watching your figure? This vegetarian recipe has 283 calories, 8g of protein, and 9g of fat per serving. This recipe serves 16. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes about 5 hours. A mixture of orange zest, salt, bright pink colored sugar, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so flavorful.
For the Bread: Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 200°F. As soon as oven reaches temperature, shut it off. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine yeast and 1 tablespoon flour in small bowl with warm water.
Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
Combine remaining flour, sugar, salt, orange blossom water, orange zest, and warm milk in bowl. Fit mixer with hook attachment and mix on medium speed until ingredients are combined, about 2 minutes (mixture will appear dry and crumbly).
Add eggs and egg yolks and continue mixing until a smooth, shiny dough is formed, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add butter and mix until combined, 2 to 3 minutes
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray or brush with oil.
Transfer dough to bowl, lightly grease with additional cooking spray or oil and cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel.
Let rise in (shut off) oven until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Punch dough down and transfer to a clean, dry work surface lightly dusted with flour.
Cut the dough in two, then, cut off 1/3 of each of the two and divide those pieces into 4 (these will be used to make the decorative top).
Shape the large pieces of dough into large balls and place one on each of the prepared baking sheets.
With the remaining 8 small pieces of dough: shape 2 into balls.
Roll the rest out into 8-inch long cylinders. Extend your index, middle, and ring finger (as if you’re signing the number
and press down on each of the cylinders to create three indentations.
Pinch and stretch out the indentations to make the bone-like decorations.
Set the decorative dough pieces on the baking sheets. Lightly grease dough with cooking spray or oil and cover lightly with plastic wrap.
Allow dough rise in (shut off) oven for 1 hour.
To Assemble: Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat egg yolk and cream in small bowl.
Brush bread with egg wash, then arrange decorative dough pieces and brush with egg wash once again.
Arrange both finished doughs on a single parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
Transfer to cooling rack and cool bread on sheet about 10 minutes.
Transfer bread directly to cooling rack and cool completely, about 1 hour.