Café de Olla Pan Dulce

Café de Olla Pan Dulce
20 min
15 min
12 servings
  • Coffee is added to this traditional sweet Mexican breakfast bread recipe for a fun twist. The decorative sugar topping makes it as pretty as it is tasty.

Key Ingredients


  • 2 packets (7 grams each) active-dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100-110° F)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup NESCAFÉ Café de Olla Instant Coffee Beverage Granules
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Red and yellow food coloring (optional)

Make It

Step 1

Stir yeast, warm water and 1 tablespoon sugar in a small glass bowl; allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Beat remaining 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons butter in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add in coffee granules, eggs, salt and yeast mixture. Add in 5 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, until incorporated. Knead dough gently for about 10 minutes with your hands. Dough will be very sticky. Place in greased large glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Step 3

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 4

Divide dough into 12 pieces with floured hands and shape each into a ball. Place balls on prepared baking sheet with 1 ½ inches of space between each dough ball and allow to rise in warm place for about 30 minutes.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 350º F.

Step 6

Prepare topping. Mix remaining 1/2 cup butter, powdered sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, remaining cup flour and vanilla extract in a food processor until smooth.

Step 7

Form mixture into 12 balls. If using food coloring, pour 1 drop in a little well in each ball. Knead each piece to mix color in. Form into a disk large enough to cover each piece of prepared dough. Lightly press topping onto dough balls. Use the tip of a sharp knife to cut patterns into the topping, but not into the dough. Some options include: lines across the top, a criss-cross pattern or scalloped shell lines.

Step 8

Bake for about 15 minutes or until bread and topping is lightly golden.
Recipe Notes
Cook’s Tip:
To ensure a warm environment for dough to rise, preheat oven to 200° F, then turn oven off and place dough in the glass bowl inside.

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