Dia De Los Muertos Tradition

Hi friends! I am sharing a family tradition from when I was a little girl and I decided to pass this on to my daughters. My mom’s birthday is on November 2nd, which turns out to be the “Day of the dead” as well and we celebrated every year by making the traditional “pan de muerto” aka “bread of the dead”.


I made a quick stop at Walmart and picked up ingredients to make the bread and our favorite cereal, Lucky Charms to decorate the cookies too!


My girls enjoy crafting and cooking with me for every holiday. I love sharing the creativity my mom passed on to me.


Cooking with kids is fun and you can create sweet memories that last a lifetime. My daughter truly enjoy our time together and it doesn’t need to be hard. I baked the bread and cookies ahead of time and I let them be involved by simply using Lucky Charms to decorate the cookies and bread.


I set up everything outside so they could get messy and mommy could clean up after in just a few minutes…ha!


This is the final project and I think they did a good job! It’s simple, cute and a fun time with my girls.


These yummy cookies are easy but you can always pick up some at the store if you prefer not to bake.


And this is the pan de muerto my family made all the time. It’s a good recipe, you will love it!

Heat the milk and the butter together in a medium saucepan, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add them warm water. The mixture should be around 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).

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 milk mixture then add the eggs 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.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.

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.

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.

To make glaze: In a small saucepan combine the 1/4 cup sugar, 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 white sugar.


That’s it my friends! I hope you enjoy this recipe for you and your family.

Happy baking!