Conchas (Mexican Pan Dulce)

Conchas are a sweet Mexican bread with a crunchy sugar cookie topping. They are called conchas because the sugar topping resembles the shape and surface of a seashell. These brioche-like breads are served alongside hot drinks at any time of day, all over Mexico, and you can find them in many flavors and colors.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 600 grams bread flour
  • 15 grams instant yeast
  • 110 grams granulated sugar
  • 9 grams kosher salt
  • 300 grams whole milk, warmed
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 10 grams vanilla extract
  • 120 grams unsalted butter, room temperature

Sugar Topping

  • 120 grams all purpose flour
  • 120 grams powdered sugar
  • 120 grams unsalted butter, room temperature 2 grams vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring

Steps

  1. Using a stand mixer and a dough hook attachment, place the flour and yeast in the bowl and mix thoroughly for 1 minute, until the yeast is fully covered by the flour.
  2. Add sugar, salt, milk, eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix on low speed until roughly incorporated, about 3 minutes.

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