October 29, 2013

Pan de Muerto

pan de muerto

Pan de muerto is the traditional Mexican sweet bread eaten during Día de los Muertos, observed November 1 and 2 to honor loved ones who have died and celebrate the eternal cycle of life. The signatures of this soft, sweet, orange- or anise-scented bread are the “skull” and “bones” and that decorate its top and sides.

This pan de muerto recipe is richer in butter than one I have made in the past, and zestier with the use of sourdough starter. I present it in honor of mis muertos, who made my life richer and zestier in countless ways:

My father: Charles W. Tenney, Jr., a brilliant mind and playful wit, who encouraged me to dream first and ask questions later.

Charles W Tenney Jr

My maternal grandparents: Mary Strawson, who taught me  to make things with my hands, and Stanton Strawson, who thought hammering together wooden vessels to float in the tide pool was a perfectly wonderful pursuit for little girls.

Mary and Stanton Strawson

My paternal grandparents: Mildred Tenney, who loved nothing more than sitting down at the piano to play a lively tune, and Charles W. Tenney, Sr., who gave me stamps that inspired me to learn how to use an atlas and discover more about the big world out there.

Mildred Charles Tenney

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October 28, 2013

YeastSpotting 10.28.13

And now YeastSpotting is up to date! Again, many thanks to all who continued to submit during the hibernation.

Bake on!

Loaves and Rolls, First Batch
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Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch
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Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More
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YeastSpotting is a weekly collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive.

October 26, 2013

YeastSpotting 10.26.13

Hello Yeastspotters and spottees!

I know it’s been a while since the last edition of YeastSpotting. Thanks to all who continue to send your wonderful breads. If you don’t see your submission in this edition, look for it in the next one, which I promise will be published in the next few days.

Happy baking, everyone!

Loaves and Rolls, First Batch
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Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch
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Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More
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YeastSpotting is a weekly collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive.

August 28, 2013

YeastSpotting 8.28.13

Loaves and Rolls, First Batch
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Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch
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Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More
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YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive.

July 26, 2013

YeastSpotting 7.26.13

Loaves and Rolls, First Batch
Page 1
Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch
Page 2
Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More
Page 3
YeastSpotting is a weekly collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive.

June 28, 2013

YeastSpotting 6.28.13

Loaves and Rolls
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Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More
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YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive.

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