EDIBLE GLIMPSES: Bread of the Dead

Central to the celebration of El día de los muertos is pan de muerto, or bread of the dead—a sweet, butter-rich bread perfumed with cinnamon or aniseed, orange blossom or vanilla, covered in sesame seeds or colored sugar.

Many Mexican Americans return home for El día de los muertos, but in Sunset Park observants can make their ofrenda at home or contribute to altars built at community centers and churches. Central to their celebration is pan de muerto, or bread of the dead—a sweet, butter-rich bread perfumed with cinnamon or aniseed, orange blossom or vanilla, covered in sesame seeds or colored sugar. 

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