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Pan De Muerto (“Bread Of The Dead”)
I desperately needed to go to the shops and buy some groceries so I figured I should look into the next Sims meal I need to make and buy what I need. Next up on the list is Pan de Muerto. I had no idea what it was. All I knew was the Sims character never got full after eating one serving and that it looks like some sweet pastry. Similar to the Franks and Beans, I needed to deep dive on the internet and figure it out. I was anything but excited when I saw it was bread, a Mexican bread to be precise. Gluten-free breads are a bitch to make and I knew finding a recipe would be anything but easy. Very soon in my difficult journey of trying to find a recipe that will be Cassy friendly, I stumbled on what the Pan de Muerto means. This next part is the introduction to the recipe I’m going to attempt. Pan de Muerto (“Bread of the Dead”) is a traditional Mexican sweet bread that is commonly made during Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). It is very important during this season, and the meaning behind it is as rich as its flavor.
I immediately chose this recipe because they truly explained everything but it wasn’t gluten-free. So, I decided to do some research on how I can replace the normal flour with my gluten-free flour and still have the end result be successful. As far as I know, if I add Xanthan gum everything will be good. Sure enough, I found a website that said just that and I decided to jump right in and make it. Before we start, I do want to add that I truly appreciate the meaning that comes along with this bread. I think it’s wonderful that they do this and I think more cultures should do this. We should all appreciate dead and thank them for being in our lives.
The recipe (link is below) is incredibly detailed and very easy to follow but that doesn’t mean it was easy to make. I took a lot of pictures (or well the Husband took a lot of pictures) so let’s get this started.
Step one is: place the eggs, margarine (I just used butter), salt and half of the sugar in a mixer bowl. You need to mix this for 2 minutes.
Next, you need to add the flour in small amounts while alternating with the water. Now, this is when I needed to use my hands. In a separate bowl, I had already mixed gluten free flour they recommend for bread and pizza and added the Xanthan Gum. The website I followed recommended 2 teaspoons for every cup of flour. The thing you need to know about Xanthan Gum is that you can’t mix it with an electric mixer. The mix/dough will climb up and clog the mixer so I normally fold the flour in (for cake recipes) and in this instance I used my hands. Also, this is just from my experience, the gluten-free and Xanthan Gum mixture is drier than normal flour and you will need a tiny bit more moisture. This is especially needed when the recipe you’re following isn’t a gluten-free recipe. The next step is to add the dry active yeast and mix until it’s well combined.
Step two is to add the butter, one at a time. You also need to add the orange zest, the rest of the sugar and the orange blossom essence (I just used orange juice).
You need to mix this well. I had to do this by hand as it’s not possible to use the electric mixer anymore. Once you add the Xanthan gum it’s game over.
Now it was finally time to knead the dough on your work surface. You need to knead it for a good couple of minutes until it’s nice and smooth. You then need to transfer the dough and cover it for plastic wrap. It needs to stand in a warm place until it doubles in size. I can see now that my dough looks quite different than the recipe I was following. Hers is smooth and sticky and it’s clear now mine needed more liquid. I do want to add that the butter that a greased the bowl with did help with that as it melted while I had it sit. My dough also didn’t double in size. A lot was working against my bread as it was 1) gluten-free and 2) hand mixed in almost every step where the lady in the recipe had a special mixture.
The dough rested for two hours before I started to shape them. I followed the instructions and decided to make two big ones instead of a lot of smalls ones. It was already 11pm and I just wanted to be done for the night. My dumbass didn’t think to adjust the amount of time so most of the bread turned out raw. I put the timer on for the small pieces of bread and didn’t take into account that my large bread will need more time. I did double the time but that wasn’t nearly enough. We only noticed just how raw they were the next morning and by then it was too late. In the end, we could only taste the top parts.
Now, drumroll, please…Here is the finished result.
Our bread was also super dense but that might be because it couldn’t mix it as well and it’s still raw.
We did end up throwing most of it away as well it was raw and inedible but the little I could taste, I enjoyed. I don’t think I will make this again but I definitely want to play around with sweet bread in the future.
Now, how did Sims Susan make her pan de muerto? It was so easy for her it is considered cheating. She literally just mixed in her little mixing bowl for a few Sims minutes before putting it in the oven. And that was it. No kneading. No hours of waiting. Nothing like that. I’m not salty. At all. I’m not jealous of a game character. Not. At. All.
Okay, let’s compare our two.
Other than that my bread was raw and inedible, I did a pretty damn good job. I’m actually really proud of the outcome. At least it resembles the bread I was trying to make. That has to count for something. Okay, before we wrap up this blog with the rating, I do want to say one thing. I decided to always take a 3-month break every ten parts with all of my blog series. The reason for this is to switch things up. At this moment my website is just Sims Meals and Reviews and I love that but there needs to be a balance otherwise…it can get old real quick. At the moment my Mondays’ look like Sims Meal, something else, Review, Sims Meal, something else, Review, Sims Meals and etc. It’s a bit boring. Okay, now that is out of the way, let’s rate this puppy.
Taste: 8/10 – The little I can taste, tasted quite nice. I’m not the biggest fan of sweetbreads, a shock I know, but this one tasted quite nice. I really liked the orange taste.
Look: 9/10 – It definitely resembles a Pan De Muerto but you can tell it’s homemade.
How easy it is to cook: 3/10 – It’s anything but easy. I definitely made a lot of mistakes along the way but it requires a lot of time and effort. I’m lazy when it comes to cooking and baking. I want to mix for ten minutes and leave the rest to the oven.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this meal. The next one is a bit boring but aww well. This is still Level One of this challenge so I guess it makes sense. If you’re interested in making this bread, I definitely recommend you follow the recipe I used. It’s very detailed and only an idiot (me when it comes to baking bread) can mess it up.
Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!