Guatemalan Sweet Bread (Pan Dulce)

guatemalan sweet bread, pan dulce, guatemalan cuisine, pan guatemalteco, bread,I have literally been craving this sweet bread for the last month.

I know what your thinking… no, I am not preggers!

Maybe it’s the lack of sunlight… its been raining non-stop for the last 2 weeks. This rain has me feeling super ” MEH” AKA “BLAH”.  Enough is enough, time for the sun to come out and play. Or rather have the sun come out, so I can go out to play. The struggle =(

Back to this delicious bread.

Growing up, we always used to visit this Guatemalan bakery. We would typically go early morning to buy the bread when it is freshly out of the oven. When I walked in, the first thing I would smell was that lovely aroma. Oh lordy!!! It was heaven on earth…I could never forget that smell.

Lately, this bread has been on my mind. I finally came to the decision that I needed to bake a few of these. Ok… by a few I mean 20… Before you get all judgmental I gave most of them away. Sharing is caring.

The bread itself isn’t overly sweet.  It is the perfect amount of sweetness. I am not going to lie, my favorite part is the top of the bread. Its a delicious cinnamon sugar mixture. It is to die for!

I can’t wait for you to try it!

Love Amy


Guatemalan Sweet Bread (Pan Dulce)
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Cuisine: guatemalan cuisine
Serves: 20
  • 2 TBS of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ⅔ cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 cups of all purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • Topping:
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • 1 cup flour
  1. In a large bowl, whisk yeast and water. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add butter, sugar, milk, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and eggs. Mix for about 2 minutes.
  3. Next add in the flour (2 cups at a time). Knead for 5 minutes/ until you form a nice doughy consistency.
  4. Oil a large bowl and place dough. Allow to rise for about 2 hrs/ until double in size.
  5. While dough is rising, you can make the topping.
  6. In a separate bowl mix sugar, cinnamon, and butter.
  7. Add flour to your sugar mixture. Knead for about 3 minutes (until your left with a crumbly mixture). Wrap with plastic wrap, Set aside until your ready to use.
  8. Line two large baking pans with parchment paper.
  9. Once, the two hours are up, divide the dough into 20 even balls.
  10. Place on baking sheet.
  11. Pat down each dough ball, to form the sweet bread.
  12. Next, grab your sugar cinnamon mixture.
  13. Measure ½ TBS of sugar mixture. Form a ball then pat down into a small circle.
  14. Place on top of dough. Repeat with each little dough ball.
  15. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  16. Allow bread to rise for about 45 minutes.
  17. Place in the oven bake for about 25 minutes.
  18. Remove from oven, allow to cool for about 30 minutes.
  19. Enjoy!




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