Conchas (pan dulce mexicano)

mayo 9, 2023

por Sammi Lowe
Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Tiempo de preparación: 10 minutos

Hora de cocinar: 20 minutos

Tiempo Total: 30 minutos

Autor: Audrey Lopez-Valdez

Nivel de habilidad: Medio / Difícil

Cocina: mexicano

Porciones: 1-2

Ingredientes

Conchas (pan dulce mexicano)

  • Dough
  • 3 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 warm milk
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cucharadita de sal
  • 1 huevo
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • Sugar Paste Topping
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening, margarine, or butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Assorted gel food coloring

Conchas are a sweet traditional Mexican bread (pan dulce) often eaten with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, and no doubt with some good company. The name conchas, meaning shells in Spanish, comes from its unique seashell pattern.

“As a kid I have memories of my dad taking us the Mexican bakery (panaderia) to pick out our own special colorful sweet bread. No other pan dulce is more representative of Mexico. This sweet bread is especially popular around celebrations and holiday festivities and enjoyed by all.”

How to Make Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Direcciones

  1. 1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water in the bowl.
  2. 2. Next, add in milk, sugar, butter, salt, egg, and only 2 cups of flour. Mix until just combined.
  3. 3. Add another 1 cup of flour to the mixture and knead until just combined, then continue kneading for another 5 minutes. The dough should be elastic and slightly sticky but easy to handle. If the dough is very sticky, knead in more flour.
  4. 4. Place the dough in a large, greased bowl and turn the dough over to coat all sides. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. In the meantime, start making your sugar paste topping (directions below).
  5. 5. When the dough is ready, place it onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 even pieces. Roll dough pieces into balls.
  6. 6. Place the pieces onto a large parchment-lined baking sheet, then add the sugar paste topping onto each ball. Let bread rise on the baking sheet for 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F about 5 minutes before the bread finishes rising.
  7. 7. Bake bread for 18-20 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly brown.

Making the sugar paste topping

  1. 1. Beat the sugar, margarine, and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
  2. 2. Stir in flour and mix until a thick dough forms. Add more flour if needed.
  3. 3. Evenly divide dough into 3-4 pieces and knead in different gel food colorings to each piece. If dough becomes too sticky, add more flour.
  4. 4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough pieces and cut into 2 1/2-inch rounds. Score lines into the paste to resemble a seashell.