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Café de Olla Pan Dulce
Café de Olla Pan Dulce
Recipe Info - Skill Level
Recipe Info - Serving Size
12 servings
Recipe Info - Prep Time
20 min
Recipe Info - Cook Time
15 min
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.


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.

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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