Mexican sweet bread for Valentine’s Day

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Not sure what to get your valentine this Monday? Look no further, as heart shaped conchas can be the perfect gift; they are thoughtful and easy to make. 

Concha is one of the many Mexican sweet bread also known as pan dulces. It’s estimated that there are over 2000 types of pan dulces but concha is the most popular —especially for breakfast— and they are typically paired with hot chocolate. The dough itself isn’t sweet but the sugary topping gives it the right amount of sweetness for balance. 

The concha can be traced back to the 17th century according to Panadería La Central. This was when French immigrants were traveling to Mexico, bringing their French baking with them. With Mexican ingredients and using the French techniques, Mexican bakeries or panaderías started opening up. 

Recently, heart shaped concha’s have gone viral on the social media platform TikTok. Many creators on the platform have made recipe tutorials. Some videos have gotten over 1 million views and hundreds of thousands of likes. People are ecxited over this cute Valentine's Day gift idea. 

Here is the recipe that you should try!

Serving size: 6-8 conchas

Ingredients for dough

3 ½ cups all purpose flour

3 eggs

10 tbsp room temperature butter

¾ cups sugar

¾ cups milk

1 ⅓ tbsp active dry yeast

1 tsp vanilla extract

Splash of anise extract

Cinnamon to taste

Salt to taste

Ingredients for topping

16 tbsp butter

1 ½ cup all purpose flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ cup powdered sugar

Red or pink food coloring

Step-by-step instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit.

Add milk, 1 tbsp sugar, active dry yeast, 1 tbsp of flour and mix well. Set aside for about 10 minutes. Active dry yeast takes a minimum of 10 minutes to activate. 

In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and the yeast mixture above. Mix well and add one egg at a time. Add vanilla extract, anise extract, salt, and butter to the bowl and continue mixing by hand. 

Once mixed, knead dough for 15-20 minutes. If too sticky, add a pinch of flour to help knead. This process will make the dough become less sticky and will eventually become smooth. Place dough in a bowl coated with vegetable oil and cover it with saran wrap. Let it rest until it has doubled in size.

Once doubled, take out the dough and section it into 6-8 pieces depending on the size. Either shape the heart by hand or use a cookie cutter. 

To make the toppings, combine all the ingredients for the topping and mix by hand until it’s a smooth consistency. Add red or pink food coloring. 

Place the topping on top of the heart shaped dough and cut lines using a knife. 

Finally, place the  conchas inside the oven for about 12 minutes or until dough is cooked. It’s optional to coat with powdered sugar when done. 


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