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Weight Watchers Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de Muerto)

Weight Watchers Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de Muerto) Recipe

This sweet bread is a traditional Mexican recipe made to serve during Day of the Dead. Made with sugar, eggs, olive oil, anise seeds, orange zest, salt, bread flour, and orange juice.

This delicious bread is low fat.

What is Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors loved ones who have passed. This day, which falls on November 1st and 2nd in accordance with the Western calendar, has origins dating back to Aztec tradition.

The celebrations typically include family gatherings, prayers for deceased relatives or friends, offerings of food and beverages such as tamales and atole (a type of corn-based drink), marigold petals and sugar skulls (which are created by coating a skull with icing).

On November 2nd people celebrate El Día de los Muertos by building altars honoring their loved ones that they will visit over the next year. These altars often feature photographs or other images representing their departed loved one

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4 WW Freestyle Points and 4 Smart Points.

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Weight Watchers Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de Muerto)

Weight Watchers Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de Muerto)

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Weight Watchers Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de Muerto). This sweet bread is a traditional Mexican recipe made to serve during Day of the Dead. A holiday to honor loved ones who have passed.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 16



  • Prepare a flat surface by lightly flouring.
  • Prepare a large mixing bowl by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a stand mixer bowl, add warm water. Whisk in yeast and 1 tablespoon of water.
  • Let stand 5 minutes or until mix becomes foamy.
  • Whisk in sugar, eggs extra virgin olive oil, salt, anise, and orange zest.
  • Stir in bread flour
  • On the stand mixer, add dough hook attachment.
  • Using the stand mixer on medium/low setting, mix dough approximately 3 – 4 minutes or until elastic, smooth, and a little sticky.
  • On floured surface, turn out dough.
  • Knead dough approximately 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
  • In the prepared mixing bowl, add dough, turn to coat all sides, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm area to rise. Wait approximately 1½ hours, or until size is about double.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Prepare a sheet pan by lining with parchment paper.
  • Remove approximately ⅕ (one-fifth) of the dough.
  • From the ⅕ (one-fifth), pinch off a golf ball size amount and roll into a ball shape.
  • Divide the rest of the ⅕ (one-fifth into 4 equal parts.
  • Form each of the 4 sections into ropes approximately 5 inches long.
  • For each rope, lightly press each end of the rope to flatten a bit.
  • Using the rest of the dough, ⅘ (four-fifths), form into a ball, and place on prepared sheet pan.
  • Using your thumbs, press an indent in the top center of the dough ball to make a space for the golf ball sized ball you made earlier. Then place the golf ball sized ball on the indent.
  • Place one of the ropes from the center ball, to the bottom of the dough, Repeat on the opposite side, then the other 2 sides, creating a X. See Photo of completed bread for reference.
  • Spray plastic wrap with non-stick cooking spray, and place over and around dough.
  • Place in a warm area and let rise for 1 hour.
  • In preheated oven, bake approximately 35 – 35 minutes, or until the top becomes lightly brown, and when tapped, the bread sounds as if it's hollow
  • In a microwave safe bowl, add orange juice, and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • On HIGH, microwave approximately 30 seconds, or until the mixture starts to boil.
  • Stir mixture to dissolve the sugar.
  • Using a basting brush, brush mixture over the bread while the bread is still warm.


MyWW Points: 4 Blue Plan and 4 Green Plan
4 WW Freestyle Points and 4 Smart Points
We are not associated with Weight Watchers/WW in any way. Double check points on their official calculator.


Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 156mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 36IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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