Dia De Los Muertos

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, so they RIP

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What is Day of the Dead a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and acknowledged around the world. The holiday focuses on celebrating the life of those that have passed, to pray for them, and help support their spiritual journey. We celebrate their life and support their journey so they can rest in peace.

Traditionally, the departed children or babies are remembered on November 1, (Dia de los Inocentes), and November 2 focuses on the departed adults (aka All Souls Day). There is nothing somber or scary about the holiday. The dead come as spirits from another world to be with their living relatives and to visit in their homes. They do not come to scare or haunt as we believe Halloween spirits do.  Dia de los Muertos is a special and unique holiday, it’s a great opportunity to expose yourself or your children to learn about other cultures.  I’ve listed at the end of this blog several activities and events around the twin cities that you can participate or attend. This video does an amazing job of depicting the spirit of Dia de muertos  in a 3min video, watch http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/our-issues/dia-de-los-muertos-short-film

How to celebrate Dia de los Muertos? 
Building an ofrenda is the traditional and most common way to remember and honor a dear one that has passed.  Some also go the tombstone of the deceased and decorate the ofrenda and celebrate right at the cemetary, in Mexico this is common, family and friends gather and sing, eat, and remember the deceased in a joyous manner.

If you are going to build an ofrenda, an altar to entice the deceased to come visit, traditionally, there are several components to include in building the ‘ofrenda’ (the “offerings”) .  One of the most common elements are marigolds, or Flor del Muerto – Flower of the Dead. The flowers are thought to bring out the dead souls to feast on the offerings laid on the table or headstone.

The marigold came with Spanish traders to Africa and Europe. Wanting to disconnect it from the flower’s past, the breeding programs held in Africa and Europe gave this great flower the name of “African” and “French” marigold. After the flower was disconnected from its past reputation as the flower of death, it was introduced into the gardens of the world.

Today the flowers are prized by gardeners the world over for their long lived blooms that love the heat of summer. They are to be found in gardens across the world, a testament to the wonder of this wonderful flower of the dead.

The marigold most commonly used in Dia de los Muertos celebrations is the Targetes erecta or African Marigold, otherwise known as cempasúchil or flower of the dead. They will  remove the petals from the flower and spread them on the ground to make a path to the house and to the grave.  The pungent aroma of the marigold and the bright color of the yellow petals will guide the spirit to the home altar (ofrenda) and to the cemetery.  Marigolds are also fashioned into elaborate arches for display on altars and graves. In some villages, people leave a trail of marigolds from their front door to their loved one’s grave, so that the deceased may easily find their way back home again. The attractive scent of the marigold is said to draw them back to earth for the yearly Dia de los Muertos reunion.
Since prehispanic times, this plant has had medicinal purposes and it is thought to cure stomach ache, parasites, diarrhea, liver illnesses, vomiting, and toothache among other illnesses. The flowers are still used in many areas to cure these and other ailments. All of these illnesses are said to be cured by a tea made from the flowers, eating the flowers, or wearing the flowers in a

pouch around the neck. http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/245/#ixzz3pJjEDMxo

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Salt and water are also essential; they are set to quench the thirst of the souls, tired from their long trip. Water also purifies and cleanses.

Incense, Copal, is burned and thought to elevate  prayers to God. Pan de Muerto the breads are placed on shrines and altars as offerings for the deceased and are given to visitors arriving for the celebration. Pan de Muerto is shaped like a funeral mound…with a few extra bumpy protrusions. The ball and strips of dough decorating the top of the loaf represent the skull and limbs of the muerto peeking through the top of the mound. We like this summary best: The bones represent the disappeared one (difuntos or difuntas) and there is normally a baked tear drop on the bread to represents tears for the living. The bones are represented in a circle to portray the circle of life. It is sweet, fluffy, decorated in sugar, and most traditionally flavored with anise, cinnamon, and/or an orange zest flavor.  Pan de Muerto will be available starting this weekend October 8 in our panaderia (bakery)  pandemrtoimage1

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Papel picado is present as a symbol of wind/air, candles to light the way of the deceased.  And favorite items, foods, beverages, hobbies are also commonly displayed on the altar of the deceased.
The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. Calacas and calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.

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Mini Calaca
All of these items can be found at El Burrito Mercado, every year we build an ofrenda and keep it on display through mid November.  This year our ofrenda is for Juan Gabriel,he passed away recently and he was one of my favorite Mexican artists, we included album covers and the guitar, symbolic of his love and music talent.  Our creative Resident Artist & Decorator, Denisea Elsola does an amazing job every year, she is so creative, visit us and get inspired to build an artistic ofrenda.   We hope you will consider building your own ofrenda and partake in this colorful celebration of life!

If you are looking for Dia de los Muertos activities, here are several options:

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FESTIVAL DE LA CALAVERAS
Series of workshops through Electric Machete Studios, follow them on facebook for the details: Ofrenda/Altar Workshops Series 1 Sugar Skull Workshop

QUE EN PAZ DESCANSEN NUESTROS QUERIDOS ESTRELLAS.

Peace.

Milissa

 

 

 

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Celebrate Life, Dia de los Muertos

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I am so touched by the stories that customers have shared, some bring their children for a cultural and educational experience. And for others, it’s to teach their children another way to cope, in particular for one father, bringing his son helped him grieve the loss of his grandfather, and now it’s a tradition that the child looks forward to adding items every year to the ofrenda! It’s a beautiful and artistic way to celebrate the life of a loved one that has passed.

This 3minute video depicts a beautiful &touching dia de los muertos summary: http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/our-issues/dia-de-los-muertos-short-film

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What is Day of the Dead ( a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

The departed children, los angelitos, are remembered on November first while November second focuses on the departed adults. There is nothing somber or macabre about the event. The dead come as spirits from another world to be with their living relatives and to visit in their homes. They do not come to scare or haunt as we believe Halloween spirits do.

The United States tradition of All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, came from an ancient pre-Christian Celtic festival of fire, known as Samhain. This popular celebration originated in England, Scotland and Wales. October 31st was an important day to the Celts, and among other things was dedicated to the end of the harvest. It was said that during Samhain banshees and witches were known to steal children, destroy crops, and bring terror to the entire population. At the same time, the spirits of loved ones visited their families looking for warmth and affection. Bonfires were built to help guide the spirits home. In Europe, around 750 AD, the Church instituted November first as All Saints Day realizing that it must eliminate or assimilate pagan rites. In the 13th century, All Souls Day was established on November 2 honoring those souls of the Catholic faith who had passed away. In Medieval times, traditions included decorating graves, all night vigils, and special church services to remember and honor the dead. These traditions were prevalent throughout Europe, and the Spanish conquistadores, colonists and priests, who came to the Americas brought these customs with them. REFERENCE

Long before the Spanish arrived in America, the belief in an afterlife was present in Mesoamerica. We know this from information contained in the archeological record, the surviving codices, and from early Colonial manuscripts. According to the beliefs of the Nahua people (Aztecas, Chichimecas, Tlaxcaltecas, and Toltecas) life was seen as a dream. Only in dying did a human being truly awake. For them the distinction between life and death was not so absolute. In Nahautl, the indigenous language of the peoples of the valley of Mexico, there is much poetic speculation concerning the afterlife.

How to celebrate?
There are several components to building the ‘ofrenda’ offering to the deceased. Often in Mexico and Latin America, still today the family will visit the cemetery where their loved ones are buried and bring them offerings. The main offerings given across the board, rich or poor, are the marigolds, or Flor del Muerto – Flower of the Dead. The flowers are thought to bring out the dead souls to feast on the offerings laid on the table or headstone.

The marigold came with Spanish traders to Africa and Europe. Wanting to disconnect it from the flower’s past, the breeding programs held in Africa and Europe gave this great flower the name of “African” and “French” marigold. After the flower was disconnected from its past reputation as the flower of death, it was introduced into the gardens of the world.

Today the flowers are prized by gardeners the world over for their long lived blooms that love the heat of summer. They are to be found in gardens across the world, a testament to the wonder of this wonderful flower of the dead.

The marigold most commonly used in Dia de los Muertos celebrations is the Targetes erecta or African Marigold, otherwise known as cempasúchil or flower of the dead. They will  remove the petals from the flower and spread them on the ground to make a path to the house and to the grave.  The pungent aroma of the marigold and the bright color of the yellow petals will guide the spirit to the home altar (ofrenda) and to the cemetery.  Marigolds are also fashioned into elaborate arches for display on altars and graves. In some villages, people leave a trail of marigolds from their front door to their loved one’s grave, so that the deceased may easily find their way back home again. The attractive scent of the marigold is said to draw them back to earth for the yearly Dia de los Muertos reunion.
Since prehispanic times, this plant has had medicinal purposes and it is thought to cure stomach ache, parasites, diarrhea, liver illnesses, vomiting, and toothache among other illnesses. The flowers are still used in many areas to cure these and other ailments. All of these illnesses are said to be cured by a tea made from the flowers, eating the flowers, or wearing the flowers in a pouch around the neck. http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/245/#ixzz3pJjEDMxo

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Salt and water are also essential; they are set to quench the thirst of the souls, tired from their long trip. Water also purifies and cleanses.

Incense, Copal, is burned and thought to elevate  prayers to God. Pan de Muerto the breads are placed on shrines and altars as offerings for the deceased and are given to visitors arriving for the celebration. Pan de Muerto is shaped like a funeral mound…with a few extra bumpy protrusions. The ball and strips of dough decorating the top of the loaf represent the skull and limbs of the muerto peeking through the top of the mound. We like this summary best: The bones represent the disappeared one (difuntos or difuntas) and there is normally a baked tear drop on the bread to represents tears for the living. The bones are represented in a circle to portray the circle of life. It is sweet, fluffy, decorated in sugar, and most traditionally flavored with anise, cinnamon, and/or an orange zest flavor.  pandemrtoimage1

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Papel picado is present as a symbol of wind/air, candles to light the way of the deceased.  And favorite items, foods, beverages, hobbies are also commonly displayed on the altar of the deceased.
The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. Calacas and calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.

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Mini Calaca
All of these items (even paper marigolds) can be found at El Burrito Mercado, every year we build an ofrenda and keep it on display through mid November. We hope you will consider building your own ofrenda and partake in this colorful celebration of life!

Looking for Dia de los Muertos events?
Saturday Oct. 24th Community Event at Wellstone Center (located behind our parking)
Sunday Oct. 25th, Dia de los Muertos Celebrations Minnesota History Center I will be presenting Botanas Mexicanas (Mexican Snacks)!)
Sunday Nov. 1 Mariachi Estrella 2-4pm, and 1:30pm for decorating fun, check out our ofrenda, shop, eat, explore the one stop shop for Dia de los Muertos! www.mnhs.org/event/502

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One Stop Dia de los Muertos Shop

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Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos a unique holiday celebrated in Mexico that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  In Mexico, especially Oaxaca, this holiday is celebrated still in the most traditional manner.  There is an abundance of heritage and history in Oaxaca and Dia de los Muertos is the most celebrated there in its traditional manner, here is information about the celebrations in Oaxaca http://oaxacalive.com/muertos.htm The tradition is also celebrated in other parts of Mexico, and over the past several years also into USA.  However, in the states, Dia de los Muertos has become very trendy and appreciated more for its unique and artistic nature of the decor and oddly, attractive eeriness.  Many people still do not understand the meaning of it and because of the skulls assume it something with an evil or halloween correlation, and as a matter of fact, it is a beautiful way to celebrate those that have passed, and it precedes the Catholic religious dates of All Souls Day & All Saints Day.

The holiday is also celebrated in other Latino countries, in Brazil Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones.

Dia de los Muertos is a holiday I’m glad to see has earned it’s way to this north of the states, it has gained popularity and is a cultural holiday many are curious to learn more about.  Dia de los Muertos holiday is transferred into a culmination of artistic creativity and celebrations that are now expressed in so many unique and inventive ways, both in mainstream markets and chain stores like Target to individual interpretation art.

In summary, the holiday is known for its unique traditions with traces to the indigenous, the basic celebration entails the following:

  • Family members often clean and decorate the graves of loved ones on Dia de los Muertos.
  • In addition to celebrations, the dead are honored on Dia de los Muertos with ofrendas—small, personal altars honoring one person.
  • Ofrendas, like an ‘altar, often have flowers, candles, food, drinks, photos, and personal mementos of the person being remembered, and this is where one will also add calaveras, catrinas, calacas papel picado, and other dia de los muertos arts. http://archive.azcentral.com/ent/dead/glossary/

At El Burrito Mercado every year we feature the many Mexican artists beautiful dia de los muertos pieces throughout our store, we hand select all the items in our visits to Mexico. We have everything you need to celebrated dia de los muertos, we are your one stop shop Dia de los Muertos!

We also build an ofrenda, this year we chose to remember Robin Williams

We added pan de muerto, sugar skulls, candles, marigolds, and other decorative items.
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Decorative Catrinas in all sizes
Artistic Skulls
Artistic skulls in various sizes & colors.
Fun, large size catrina
Fun, large size catrina

These are the most important and traditional components for building your own ofrenda:

SUGAR SKULLS

What & why the Sugar Skulls?
Sugar skulls are exactly that- skull-shaped sugar. Traditional sugar skulls are made from a granulated white sugar mixture that is pressed into special skull molds. The sugar mixture is allowed to dry and then the sugar skull is decorated with icing, feathers, colored foil and more. While the ingredients of sugar skulls are edible (with the exception of the non-edible decorations you may add) the skulls are generally used for decorative purposes. However some small sugar skulls that are made with basic icing are intended to be consumed. On November 1 (All Souls Day) small sugar skulls are placed for children that have passed, and replaced with larger, more decorative skulls on November 2 to represent adults.  At El Burrito Mercado we sell premade & decorated sugar skulls.  Here is a recipe for making your own sugar skulls. 

Pre-made Sugar Skulls

Cute, mini sugar skulls
Cute, mini sugar skulls

PAN DE MUERTO

This sweet bread is eaten by the families of the deceased during Dia de los Muertos, and placed on the altar. The Pan de Muerto is a made into a round shape and and extra dough is twisted and designed into decorations resembling bones which is place on top of the bread in a criss cross shape. The circular shape symbolizes the circle of life, and the bones decoration represents the dead (bones of the dead). The bread is baked, glazed and decorated with colored sugar or sesame. Make your own Pan de Muerto recipe here or buy it already prepared at El Burrito Mercado, or you can call and order your own customized pan de muerto in the shape of a person and we can write the name of the deceased on it for your ofrenda.

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Pan de Muerto, bakery

Cempasúchil, The Marigold and Day of the Dead

The ancient celebrations honored Mictecacihuatl, the goddess of the dead and death. The Aztecs believed that the smell could wake the souls of the dead to bring them back for the festival. Read more: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/245/#ixzz3GhbMHAV4

As well as water (to quench their thirst after the long journey), candles (to light their way), and papel picado (to represent wind).

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To celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Minnesota, consider attending our dinner on November 2 and also these other activities throughout the Twin Cities:

Day of the Dead Midtown Global Market,

Day of the Dead MN History Museum

El Burrito Mercado Dia de los Muertos dinner

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Keeping our Mercado Experience Authentic with a “Feel” to it, from Chicago with Love, Passion, & Inspiration

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This weekend getaway was an injection of creativity, admiration, and if possible, an increased passion for continual strive towards offering la Experiencia Mexicana at El Burrito Mercado.   The hubby and I went to Chicago this past Valentines weekend, it was a great, I think it’s simply getting away from responsibilities of the house, kids, and business’ that allow us to relax and enjoy each other making anywhere we go ‘romantic’.  Romantic getaways don’t have to be to the ocean, though if we could have we would have.

In addition to our ‘romantic’ adventures, we mixed pleasure with business.  We visited several Mexican markets, restaurants, and panaderias (bakeries).  As we drove in from the airport I became very nostalgic remembering the trips to Chicago with my dad in the little van when we use to pick up our merchandise from the vendors and brought it back to stock our shelves in our little 800sq ft store (back in the 80’s).

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Tomas from Chicago

(Before our trips in a van to Chicago, my father used to go in a little station wagon to bring tortillas and other items.)  I had forgotten that Chicago was one of my earliest Mexican ‘cultural’ memories aside from our family Mexico trips.  I loved this panaderia- they didn’t have anywhere to sit and enjoy our pan dulce so we sat in our car rental and sipped on coffee and made a couple trips back in for refills!

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Our first visit last week was to El Milagro tortilleria and their taqueria, the aroma of the tortilleria imitates 100% the tortillerias of the pueblos (towns) in Mexico! Awww, nostalgia.  El Milagro is one of the most established tortillerias in Chicago, I have had the privilege of previously meeting and doing business with one of the owners, Jessi. Ironically, after meeting with his production Manager and as we head out of their taqueria, we had a pleasant encounter with Jess, I’m always taken by his noble personality.  El Milagro has now grown into several other states in the country, so proud of the Lopez family and their successful business growth, so encouraging!.  http://www.el-milagro.com/history_1.html

After our visit to El Milagro, we stopped at several markets and panaderias in the ‘barrio’.  I like to go back once in a while to see what’s new and what’s the same in the Mexican mercados.  For the most part, it was ‘same ol’ same ol’,  based on my brief observations, as far as Mexican grocery, produce, and meats, considering our volume and demographic comparison in Hispanic population to the Chicago market, El Burrito Mercado is equal in variety.   Regarding quality and merchandising, in my opinion, we surpass in this area, our approach to creating a unique ambiance with our tasteful decor of imported artesania from Mexico were most notable to my visits,  I missed this aspect in the stores I visited.

Our exclusive approach to our market and restaurant seems to appeal to the diverse Latino consumer (by varying levels of generation and assimilation) as well as the non-Latino consumer. I attribute this appeal to the ever sought ‘experiences and interactions’ that consumers enjoy.

“They are looking for products that are not necessarily big brands anymore,” says Michael Bellas, chairman of the Beverage Marketing Corporation. “They like brands that have character. They are looking for authenticity and purity, but they are also looking for new experiences.” http://www.twincities.com/nation/ci_24328113/changing-demographics-is-changing-our-taste-buds

Some of the experiences are just that, keeping it “same ol’, same ol'” (traditional, authentic flavors) and at the same time keeping it fresh & updated with a ‘feel’.

We also called on a few restaurants, but the most anticipated visit was to La Frontera Grill by Rick Bayless, I finally got to visit his famous restaurant! http://www.rickbayless.com/about/meetrick.html   We could only get in for a lunch reservation, I was curious to see his setup of all three restaurants in one (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and Xoco), very quaint and smaller than I expected, I liked that and enjoyed the ambiance.  Presentation of the platillos were beautiful, staff extremely friendly, and the dishes were delightful.  Loved the Mashed Michoacan avocados, roasted poblanos & garlic, tomatillo, pepitas, grilled onion, aneja cheese and the ceviche tacos.

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We also visited several other restaurants like Nacional 27 and Mi Tierra, but my favorite of all, what seems like a Chicago hidden gem, Estrella Negra! I love restaurants/markets with a unique feeling and decor! Tiny hole in the wall decked from the decor of calaveras and dia de los muerto decor and to the exquisite menu with Loteria(Mexican bingo) names like La Dama, El Catrin,etc, I loved it!! (I could tell the tortillas were from El Milagro and I loved that too!)  Our favorite: their Pozole Borracho (Drunk Pozole) Pozole is a chicken and/or pork, hominy soup in a flavorful broth with blended guajillo peppers, spicy soups like Menudo & Pozole are known as hangover cures- hence the name Pozole Borracho!  And our other favorite, the chorizo, corn, & jalapeno empanadas garnished with pico de gallo and sour cream! Image

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A must visit restaurant in Chicago, plus they offered something I noticed a lot in Chicago restaurants- BYOB! Yes, BYOB and they only charge the a corkage fee! http://estrellanegra.com/#

Every winter/new year I review our menus at El Burrito Mercado and tweak a bit, I’ve been working on them for a couple months and kinda got stuck, this visit to Chicago was inspiring and influential I”m certain.

What do you look for in a restaurant or ethnic market? Do you hope to have an experience or are you typically seeking a specific ingredient? What has been some of your most memorable restaurant and market experiences?  I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Everything from the nostalgia, aromas, mercado visits, and delicious unique Mexican eats, thank you Chicago, I missed you, we had an incredible weekend! The hubby and I had a blast shopping, eating, sleeping, dancing, and singing… did I mention my husband sings(enjoy these videos)? Looking for a great mariachi experience in Chicago visit Mi Tierra restaurant.

What Are Sugar Skulls?

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What are Sugar Skulls?
Sugar skulls are  skull-shaped sugar. Traditional Sugar Skulls  are made from a granulated white sugar mixture that is pressed into special skull molds. The sugar mixture is allowed to dry and then the Sugar skull is decorated with icing, feathers, colored foil and more. While the ingredients of Sugar Skulls are edible they are generally used for decorative purposes. However some small sugar skulls that are made with basic icing are intended to be consumed.

How are Sugar Skulls used during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) today?
Sugar Skulls are often used to decorate the ofrendas on Dia de los Muertos which is November 1st and 2nd.

Smaller skulls are placed on the ofrenda on November 1st to represent the children who have deceased.

On November 2nd they are replaced by larger, more ornate skulls which represent the adults.

These decorative skulls have the name of the deceased on the forehead and are decorated with stripes, dots and swirls of icing to enhance the features of the skulls.

These designs are usually very brightly colored and sort of whimsical, not morbid or scary. Feathers, beads or colored foil can be “glued” on with the icing to create really decorative skulls.

Sugar skull given for the Day of the Dead. The...
Sugar skull given for the Day of the Dead. They’re also made with chocolate and amaranto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At El Burrito Mercado  we sell small, edible skulls to be eaten during the holiday these Sugar Skulls are made by various artists who sculpt, paint or create beautiful skulls to be used as decorations, jewelry and more.

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Pan de Muertos Recipe

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This bread has a sweet flavor and is used on the altars of deceased loved ones during “Day of the Dead” festivities.  You will also make the bone-like shapes that decorate the top of the loaf and place them before baking.

While fresh Pan de Muerto is always soft and delicious, you can also get pre-made Pan de Muerto made by the Mexican bakery  at El Burrito Mercado.

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 packets dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons whole anise seed
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Glaze (see below)

Preparation:

Bring all ingredients to room temperature (except for the water which should be very warm) before beginning.
  • In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, anise, salt and 1/2 cup of the flour.
  • In a seperate bowl combine the eggs and the water.
  • Add the egg/water mixture to the first mixture and add in another 1/2 cup of the flour.
  • Add in the yeast and another 1/2 cup of flour.
  • Continue to add the flour 1 cup at a time until a dough forms.
  • Knead on a floured surface for about 1 minute.
  • Cover with a slightly damp dishcloth and let rise in a warm area for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Bring out dough and punch it down.
  • Remove about 1/4 of it and use it to make bone shapes to drape across the loaf (see below.)
  • Or divide the dough into smaller pieces to create other bone shapes. Let the shaped dough rise for 1 more hour.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes for smaller loaves and up to 45 minutes for larger loaves.

GLAZES(After glaze is applied you may decorate with additional colored sugar.)

  • Bring to a boil- 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup fresh orange juice. Brush on bread and then sift some additional sugar over the top.
  • Mix 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate and 1/3 cup sugar with 2 egg whites. Brush on bread during the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  • Bring to a boil- 1/4 cup piloncillo, 1/4 cup sugar, 2/3 cup cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons orange zest. Brush on bread after bread has cooled.

BONES The most common bone decorations are very simple.

  • Sometimes it’s just a matter of forming ball shapes and pressing them into the loaf in a line.
  • You could also take a piece of dough, roll it into a long cylinder and place a ball at each end.
  • You can get much more detailed if you like, but even a little “knobby” looking loaf will get the idea across.

Recipe by Chelsea Kenyon

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