How To Make Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)
Soft on the inside and crisp on the outside, these delectable Conchas or Mexican sweet bread is made with a buttery pink shell topping for a tastier snack.
Add the milk to a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup. Microwave in 10-second intervals until the milk reaches 110 to 115 degrees F.
Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and the yeast to the milk and whisk to incorporate. Let sit for about 10 minutes, until very foamy.
Pour the milk mixture into a large bowl, then add the eggs and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.
Add the flour, remaining sugar, and salt and stir with a rubber spatula until a sticky dough comes together.
Add the butter, 1 piece at a time, and work into the dough using hands, making sure that each piece is incorporated before adding the next. The dough should be shiny, smooth, and elastic.
Use the empty butter wrappers to grease the inside of a clean large glass bowl.
Transfer the dough to the greased bowl, using a bench scraper or rubber spatula. Cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 to 2 hours, until doubled in size.
Remove the towel and place plastic wrap directly over the dough’s surface. Refrigerate for 1 hour to chill so the dough is easier to shape.
In a medium bowl, cream the butter and powdered sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Continue beating at low speed for 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture is smooth.
Add the pink food coloring and stir thoroughly with a spatula until the color is homogenous.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Turn the chilled dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With a bench scraper or knife, gently divide the dough into 10 equal pieces.
Shape the pieces into balls by gently pulling the edges of the dough out and underneath, pinching at the bottom, forming a taut surface.
Place 5 dough balls on each prepared baking sheet and cover with kitchen towels. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 to 2 hours, until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Scoop 1 tablespoon of the shell topping onto a piece of wax paper and roll into a ball. Place another piece of wax paper on top and roll out to a 4-inch circle, slightly larger than the risen dough balls. Repeat with the remaining topping.
Gently lay a circle of shell topping over each dough ball, pressing it lightly onto the surface. If the edges of the shell topping are sticking out, gently tuck them down and underneath the dough.
Using a paring knife, slice lines through just the topping layer to create a shell pattern, being careful not to cut into the dough.
Bake the conchas for 25 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
- Calories: 411.39kcal
- Fat: 27.15g
- Saturated Fat: 16.61g
- Trans Fat: 1.03g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 7.14g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.36g
- Carbohydrates: 35.61g
- Fiber: 1.20g
- Sugar: 6.63g
- Protein: 6.30g
- Cholesterol: 115.71mg
- Sodium: 226.72mg
- Calcium: 46.92mg
- Potassium: 84.31mg
- Iron: 2.02mg
- Vitamin A: 237.24µg
- Vitamin C: 0.00mg
Have your own special recipe to share? Submit Your Recipe Today!