Prepare Pan de Muerto & Hot Chocolate for Your Family

Traditionally made for Día de los Muertos in Mexico, Pan de Muerto is a recipe you can share with your family for generations to come. Complete your celebration with a homemade hot chocolate recipe. See how we made both in the tutorial video below.

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Pan de Muerto & Hot Chocolate


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp aniseed
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Sprinkle of beetroot sugar
  • Natural food coloring (varied)
  • 2 cups non-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 pinches of cayenne pepper
  • Garnish: cinnamon stick, star anise, and sprinkle of cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup of flour, aniseed, applesauce, bananas, and maple syrup.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine water, eggs, and orange zest. Pour into dough mixture, adding an additional 1/3 cup of flour and whisking to combine.

  3. Add another 1/3 cup of flour, along with yeast, and combine with a whisk.

  4. Add 2 cups of flour, and stir with a wooden spoon. Dough will start to thicken.

  5. Cover bowl with a dampened towel, and let sit for one hour. Dough will begin to rise.

  6. Sprinkle flour on your hands, and form 6 balls of dough, setting them on a baking sheet.

  7. Save about 1/5 of the dough, using the remaining dough to form a criss-cross shape on top of each loaf.

  8. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for another 45 minutes.

  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

  10. To prepare glaze, combine maple syrup and orange juice in a small saucepan. Heat until completely combined and simmering.

  11. Use a brush to glaze the Pan de Muerto, and finish with a sprinkle of beetroot sugar.

  12. To prepare hot chocolate, place milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and bittersweet chocolate in a small saucepan.

  13. Heat over medium heat, and whisk together until smooth.

  14. Add in cinnamon and cayenne pepper, and whisk again.

  15. Continue to heat on medium until the hot chocolate becomes fragrant.

  16. Serve with garnishes and enjoy!

Posted 3 years Ago
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