Visiting the panaderia, Mexican bakery, has always been a sweet memory of my childhood. I clearly remember the many times my parents would stop by and pick up warm sweet bread to have in our home. I have forever loved conchas, shell shaped bread. We even made our own homemade pan dulce conchas back home in New Jersey. While they were a hit, nothing compares to the experience of walking into a bakery and smelling the distinct flavors of fresh baked pan dulce, sweet bread.
My kids have tasted Mexican sweet bread before but during our recent visit to the panaderia, I wanted them to learn about the bread. I know an experience like this isn’t one they will have repeated as much as I did. Teaching them about the bread is also opening up a lot about my Mexican heritage. I shared what breads nana loved and what breads grandpa loves. I can’t wait to indulge in a few more pieces and share with them the stories my family shared as they sipped cafecito, coffee, and nibbled on pan dulce.
Here are a few of the things we discussed and learned while we chose our Mexican Sweet Bread at the Panadreia.
Do you have a favorite childhood food? Ever tried some Pan Dulce?
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