Better bread than dead. That's the saying, right?
Well, probably not in Mexico, where pan doesn't rhyme with muerto. That hasn't stopped anyone from celebrating the Day of the Dead with some pan de muerto, a kind of anise-flavored sweet roll.
"All of our lives, we've been told that pan de muerto can't be made without eggs, that the yeast cannot be activated properly without milk, and any bread without butter doesn't taste good," say Mariana Blanco and Yisus Pallares. "It's not true."
These two have a killer—pardon the pun—take on pan de muerto that happens to be entirely vegan. Swap out the eggs, milk, and animal fat for nutritious whole wheat, flavor-packed sourdough leavening, and rich coconut oil. The one thing that remains the same is the sugar, because you have to have sugar.
Whoever said that death wasn't sweet?