Vegan Pan de Muerto

What a great way to celebrate The Day of Death with this Vegan Pan de Muerto! Back in the day when I was leaving in Mexico, it was so easy to go to the supermarket or the nearest bakery to get this amazing bread but, I don’t live there anymore, and what do you do when you can get what you want? You make it!

Here is a recipe that comes from many I saw on the internet, mostly with apple sauce buy I used vegan yogurt since I like it more. The consistency is just perfect, I can assure you you will want to make any other day not only on Día de Los Muertos! I hope you enjoy it!


  • 125 ml of vegan milk
  • 2-1/4 tsp activated Dry Yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 375g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp orange zest from 1 orange
  • 50g Vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup or 118 ml  Vegan yogurt
  •  2 tsp orange extract


Step 1 Activate the yeast

  1. 1/2 cup warm vegan milk (I used almond oat milk )
  2. 2 ⅕  tsp Activated dry yeast
  3. 1 tbsp cane sugar warm-up vegan milk, dissolve the sugar in the milk.
  4. Mix, in to activate the yeast.
  5. Put it aside in a warm area, until it doubles in size and bubbles, takes about 15 minutes. 

Step 2  Ingredients to mix firs

  1. 1/2 cup Vegan butter I used primavera butter 
  2. 1/2 cup vegan yogurt 
  3. 1/2 tsp orange extract (you can also use vanilla extract) 

Step 3 Ingredients to mix secondly 

  1. Add 1 cup of flour,  add the sugar, salt, and cinnamon powder, mix. 
  2. Add the activated yeast (step 1), add the remaining flour as you mix and knead.
  3. Mix in the yogurt, butter, orange extract, and orange zest, continue to mix.
  4. Manipulate until all of the ingredients are well incorporated, the dough should feel soft and spongy.
  5.  This takes up to 20 minutes 
  6. Make a ball with the dough, place the dough ball in a large bowl that has been greased.
  7. Cover it, set somewhere really warm( inside the oven but turned off) 
  8. Until it doubles in size, this could take 1 to 2 hours depending on how warm your place is.
  9. When your dough doubles in size transfer it to a clean surface. 
  10. Manipulate it into a log shape, cut/divide into even pieces, form balls with each piece 
  11. Separate one of the dough balls and divide into 3 little balls (per bread) shape 2 of the little balls into finger bones, place them over one of the bread pieces in the shape of a cross, place the third little dough ball in the center.
  12. Transfer the baking tray to a warm place until the dough doubles in size one last time, this step can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour

Step 4 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F or 175 C degrees. 
  2. When your dough has doubled in size, place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. When cooked through removing your bread from the oven, immediately spread vegan butter over its surface, and sprinkle sugar all over it.
  4. Don’t eat it yet 
  5.  it’s ready when it has cooled down 

Eat it with some homemade chocolate abuelita and enjoy! 

Happy cooking 

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