I used to remember coming across a few blogs when I first started blogging that shared stories with their posts. They weren’t bloggers that shared 3-5 recipes a week. Maybe 1-3 recipes a week, but they also had a story. Back then, those were my favorite sort of blogs to visit. I couldn’t believe how happy I was to read the story that accompanied this recipe for conchas.
It started like this:
“I drove home feeling more than a little annoyed at myself for wasting my precious gasoline and getting laughed out of every Mexican bakery in town. Foolish to think any panadero [baker] in his right mind would hand over to a stranger with a blog his super secret recipe for pan dulce. I got down from my car and walked up to my gate. It was then when out of the corner of my eye I saw her step out of the shadows.
She was all ruby lips, high cheekbones and flowing dark hair. There was a pair of 5-inch heels on her feet and a peacock blue satin sheath on her curvaceous canela-colored body.
“Espera—wait!” I cried after her, but it was too late. I ran up just in time to see her shiny black ’59 Chevy Impala roaring past me. Its back lights grew ever smaller as I stood silently watching them before they disappeared onto Whittier Boulevard.
And that was the last I saw of her.
Who was that mujer misteriosa who walked out of the shadows that evening? I cannot say. All I know was that she was beautiful, her voice was as sultry as a hot city street after sunset—and she was out for the sweetest recipe of them all—revenge. ”
This is just an excerpt from the story that drew me in while I was looking for my conchas recipe! I loved hopping around checking out her other fantastic recipes and storied. It’s too bad it seems she stopped blogging 3 years ago. But if you have a few minutes and like Mexican food, you have to see what else she shared, besides these lovely conchas!
Bolillos from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Cemitas from The Bread She Bakes
Conchas de Pan Dulce from Cake Duchess
Mexican Cemitas from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Pan de Muerto from A Shaggy Dough Story
Teleras (Flat Bread Rolls) from girlichef
Whole Wheat Mexican Bolillos from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
some recipe notes:
I used my sweet dough recipe that I use for mostly every sweet sort of bread and the topping recipe and process from A Little Cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate.
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 (1/2 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter plus 1 Tablespoon (reserve 1 Tbsp for brushing the rolls), melted
- 4 1/2-5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon powdered cocoa