Pan Dulce Rolls

Pan dulce, which means “sweet bread” in Spanish, is a classic breakfast dish served on special occasions. The slightly sweet and soft dough is topped with a mixture of sugar, butter, and egg yolks that browns to a crisp crunch.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. warm water
  • 1 package (0.25 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. plus ⅓ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup butter, divided
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup flour

Directions

  • In small bowl, combine warm water with yeast and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and mix well. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the evaporated milk, ¼ cup butter, ⅓ cup sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat until butter melts. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and let stand until lukewarm.
  • Add eggs to milk mixture, beating well after each addition. Then add yeast mixture. Gradually stir in 4 cups flour until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough on a flour-dusted surface until smooth and satiny. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top, cover, and let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  • Divide dough into 16 balls. Flatten with palm of hand and place on greased baking sheets. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until double, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In medium bowl, combine ½ cup butter, confectioner's sugar, brown sugar, and egg yolks and beat until smooth. Stir in lemon zest and ½ cup flour. Spread this mixture over each of the rolls, covering completely. Bake for 15–25 minutes, until rolls are browned and topping is crisp. Serve warm.

Recipe Information

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. warm water
  • 1 package (0.25 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. plus ⅓ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup butter, divided
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup flour

Directions

  • In small bowl, combine warm water with yeast and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and mix well. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the evaporated milk, ¼ cup butter, ⅓ cup sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat until butter melts. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and let stand until lukewarm.
  • Add eggs to milk mixture, beating well after each addition. Then add yeast mixture. Gradually stir in 4 cups flour until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough on a flour-dusted surface until smooth and satiny. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top, cover, and let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  • Divide dough into 16 balls. Flatten with palm of hand and place on greased baking sheets. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until double, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In medium bowl, combine ½ cup butter, confectioner's sugar, brown sugar, and egg yolks and beat until smooth. Stir in lemon zest and ½ cup flour. Spread this mixture over each of the rolls, covering completely. Bake for 15–25 minutes, until rolls are browned and topping is crisp. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories320
Total Fat12g
Saturated Fat7g
Cholesterol90mg
Sodium115mg
Total Carbohydrate45g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars17g
Protein7g