Strawberry Pan Dulce
Pan dulce is a lightly sweetened, slightly chewy Mexican bread with a decorative crisscross topping. Mexican pan dulce comes in different flavors and colors and this recipe is for strawberry pan dulce. With the unmistakable flavor of strawberries, these pan dulces are a really delicious Mexican treat. This pan dulce recipe produces high decorative cakes but it is simple to follow, even if you are new to making Mexican desserts like these. Simple Mexican recipes are always great because they mean you can rustle up something with an incredible flavor and know you are going to get a great result.
Whether or not you have made bread before, with or without a bread machine, you will not encounter any problems with this recipe. Pan dulce can be served as it is or with some coffee or milk. You can serve these pan dulces for breakfast, as a dessert or as a snack at any time. They are great either warm or cold. You can also change the flavors and color of the topping or filling, so think about swapping the strawberries for blueberries, apple, even something totally different like caramel or chocolate.
Make individual bread rolls or a whole loaf if you prefer to slice it. If you are going to make a loaf then use the topping as a stuffing instead and fill the bread with this lovely fruity mixture, then you can cut it into slices and get some of the tasty strawberry filling with every single slice. This makes a great breakfast, a nice change from croissants, waffles, pancakes or toast anyway, or consider it as a snack whenever you feel like a treat. Make a batch of these and you will be the most popular person in your household as the family try this new baked confection and love it.
If you are curious about the taste of pan dulce and you want to know what it is like before making your own, head to your nearest Mexican bakery, because they are sure to have pan dulce in stock, hopefully freshly made and still warm when it is at its most yummy! There will probably be various flavors and colors for you to choose from, so take your pick, and make sure there is some strawberry pan dulce in the batch so you can get a good idea of how delicious it tastes. Once you have enjoyed such a flavor experience you will want to rush home and rustle up a batch of your own homemade pan dulce.
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup water
- 1 envelope rapid rise yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup butter
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 3 strawberries, mashed
- Pink food coloring (optional)
- To make the filling, cut the butter into the sugar and flour with a pastry blender or knife until crumbly.
- Stir in the mashed strawberries, vanilla extract and a few drops of food coloring too if you want.
- Shape into a log, cover and chill until you are ready to use it.
- To make the dough, combine the sugar, yeast, flour and salt.
- Heat the milk, water and butter until very warm, then add this to the flour mixture.
- Beat for a couple of minutes.
- Add the egg and ½ cup of flour and beat for another 2 minutes.
- Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough and knead it on a floured surface until it is elastic and smooth.
- This will take about 10 minutes.
- Cover and rest the dough for 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Shape the dough into a loaf and put the filling inside.
- Alternatively you can shape the dough into 12 equal-size balls and use the filling as a topping.
- Place the loaf or balls on a buttered baking tray and flatten slightly.
- Make ¼ inch deep cuts with a knife in a crisscross pattern.
- Cover, let the dough rise for an hour and then bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until done.
This strawberry pan dulce is a classic Mexican treat. Whether you make individual bread rolls and top them with the strawberry mixture or make one big loaf and fill it with the strawberry mixture instead, there is no doubt the bread and the strawberries pair beautifully to offer this classic south of the border treat which is fantastic served warm from the oven. Head into any Mexican bakery and you will find various types of pan dulce to choose from including this strawberry version or a similar fruit flavor, along with sugar-topped bread or maybe raisin bread or similar. This is great served buttered or just as it is.
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