Food of the World: Pan Dulce or Mexican Sweet Rolls

Pan Dulce or Mexican Sweet Rolls

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A sweet taste of the south, these Pan Dulce sweet rolls will satisfy your cravings for Mexican food. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you click through and make a purchase. 
We love Mexican Food around here. Tacos, burritos, chimis – they’re pretty regular fare for us. One year Mark even gave me Mexican Family Favorites Cook Book by Maria Teresa Bermudez for Christmas with a request I make something from it frequently. I’ve not been very good at actually using the book, so I decided to take this month’s theme to try something new. 
Looking through the book I had a hard time deciding. I finally had it pinned down to trying Mexican Cheese Souffle and Pan Dulce. Unfortunately I can’t find Pimiento’s at any store around here! So the souffle was out. Pan Dulce looked perfect for a weekend snack with the kids. I have to admit though, after looking up some other Pan Dulce recipes online, I realized most have some colored top on them, while the recipe from this book does not. In fact, the recipe I used from my book tastes pretty similar to a regular sweet roll, just rolled up differently. I did make one minor change only because I didn’t have any ground anise, I’m sure the anise flavor would have given it that authentic flavor we seemed to be missing in ours. 
Pan Dulce or Mexican Sweet Rolls
Pan Dulce or Mexican Sweet Rolls
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For the dough
  1. 1 3/4 cup flour
  2. 1 1/8 tsp active dry yeast
  3. 1/4 tsp ground anise seed
  4. 1/8 tsp ground Cinnamon
  5. 1/2 cup Milk
  6. 2 TBS brown sugar
  7. 1 TBS sugar
  8. 2 TBS Shortening
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 1 TBS Corn Syrup
  11. 1 egg, beaten
  1. 1/3 cup Flour
  2. 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  3. 1 TBS sugar
  4. 1/8 cup butter
  5. 1 egg yolk
  6. 1/8 tsp vanilla
  7. dash of Cinnamon
  1. Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, anise and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a saucepan, heat milk.
  3. Add sugars and shortening to the milk. Continue stirring over medium heat until the shortening melts.
  4. Add salt and mix until sugars are dissolved completely.
  5. Combine the milk mixture with flour mixture, plus the 3/4 cups flour.
  6. Add corn syrup and egg. Mix well.
  7. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface knead dough (or use a stand mixer with dough hook), until smooth and elastic.
  8. Cover and let sit for 1 hour, 15 minutes.
  9. Turn the dough once during this time.
  10. In the meantime, cream the flour, sugars and butter for the filling.
  11. Add egg yolk, vanilla and cinnamon.
  12. When the dough is ready, knead lightly in hands, and separate into 8 balls.
  13. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  14. Flatten the balls out to 6 inch circles.
  15. Spread 1 TBS (approx.) of the filling over the dough circle.
  16. Roll up like a burrito
Adapted from Mexican Family Favorites
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Rolling the bread was the hardest part to figure out. Maybe it makes sense and I’m trying to make it difficult, but I tried a couple different folds. A couple we folded straight in half and pinched the edges together. Some I just rolled, like a taquito, and others I rolled more like a burrito with the ends folded in. I don’t think the folds matter, they all tasted great. I enjoyed how easy the burrito looking rolls were to hold. 


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13 thoughts on “Food of the World: Pan Dulce or Mexican Sweet Rolls

  1. Yum yum and more yum. That looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing this on Tasty Tuesdays. New party goes live today and would love to see more creations from you.

  2. Hi Adelina,
    What a great post and your Mexican Sweet Rolls look fabulous, I can almost taste one or two of those! Thanks for sharing these great recipes and the cookbook with us. Looking forward to cooking with you next month in France! Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

  3. How long are you supposed to bake them? Your recipe is cut off after the instructions to roll the dough like a burrito…..

  4. Your Mexican Sweet Rolls look absolutely delicious! I can almost taste the sweetness through the screen. Thanks for sharing these fantastic recipes Mexican Food and the cookbook recommendation. Excited to join you in cooking next month in France! Wishing you a wonderful week!

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