Pan Dulce Recipe – Prepare Mexican Sweet Bread

Pan Dulce Recipe – Prepare Mexican Sweet Bread

So you don’t feel like you’re the next Julia Child, Gordon Ramsay, or Emeril Lagasse.  You don’t have the fancy (maybe not even the proper) kitchenware, you think you don’t have the skill, and you think you don’t have the time.

Well, stop thinking.  You do have the skill, you can probably find the time, and if you don’t have the proper kitchenware and don’t want to buy it – get creative.  Even those of us who don’t call ourselves chefs, bakers, or food specialists want a little treat sometime.  And nothing is more of a treat than sweet pan dulce.

The ingredients are simple – you probably already have most of them in your kitchen – and the recipe I’m about to lay out is even more simple.  So get out your bowls and pans because today you are going to be a top chef.  At least your friends will think so once they taste your product.

Ingredients for the Bread:

1 Cup Milk

6 Tablespoons Butter

2 ½ Teaspoons of Active Dry Yeast

1/3 Cup White Sugar

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 Eggs

5 Cups All-Purpose Flour

(This will make about 16 buns.  If you’d like to make more or less, prorate the ingredients to your pleasure.)

Ingredients for the Topping:

½ Cup White Sugar

2/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour

4 Tablespoons Butter, Softened

2 Egg Yolks

Now for the steps to get you to your final result and your top chef dreams:

  • Heat up a cup of milk on the stove. Mix in the butter, and then pour that mixture into a large bowl.
  • This step calls for more mixing. Add the yeast, the sugar, the salt, the eggs, and the 5 cups of flour.  After you’ve added about 2 cups of flour, I would add the remaining 3 cups ½ cup at a time and beat well afterwards until you’ve got a nice dough.  Then you take the dough, put it on a surface dusted with flour, and knead until the dough is smooth.

(Sugar used in the mixture…Hope you have a sweet tooth!)

  • Coat a bowl with oil, place the dough inside, and make sure to coat both sides of the dough. Then cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the bread rise for about 1 hour in a warm place. (I put my dough in the oven, set the oven to the lowest setting, turned the oven off after a couple of minutes – about 2, and then just let my dough nest there in the warmth.)
  • Divide the dough, roll the dough into ovals, and then put them back onto the lightly oiled surface. It’s round two of yeast rising time!  Cover the rolls with a damp cloth again and then let them rise for about 40 minutes.
  • While the dough is rising, you can make the topping. Mix together the ½ cup sugar, 2/3 cup flour, and 4 tablespoons butter.  Stir in the two egg yolks.


  • After your dough is done rising, put the topping over the entire surface of the rolls, and start preheating the oven to 350 degrees F to get ready for baking.
  • After you’ve applied the topping, bake the bread for 15-20 minutes or until it’s lightly golden or brown.

(Homemade Pan Dulce – Finished Product)

With your bread done, it’s time to enjoy your sweet treat and impress your friends!  Shh…Don’t let them know how simple it was.

Recipe shared with us by LaVosha.


Linda is doing her PhD in Engineering, while trying different bread recipes from all over the world. Pat likes to help and try out new recipes everyday. Anny likes to copy everything Pat does. We are the perfect team!

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