Sweet bread is one of the many elements of Mexican gastronomy that give identity to our beloved country, because since the beginning of the colony until today, the tradition in its elaboration and the exquisite flavor that characterizes each piece has been preserved.
In this blog we will talk specifically about the concha, the favorite sweet bread of Mexicans and one of the most versatile, read on to discover how to make them at home!
Incorporate your vegetable shortening and add the tablespoon of vanilla to the mixture.
With your hands knead the mixture into a dough and let stand.
In a bowl pour the warm water and add the yeast. Stir until dissolved and let stand for 5 minutes.
Take another deep bowl and add the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir until integrated.
After 5 minutes, add the water with yeast to our bowl with the flour and start stirring little by little. You will start to get a thicker consistency.
Add the butter and vanilla extract to the mixture and knead until well integrated.
Knead the mixture for about 5 to 10 minutes until you get a smooth and soft dough.
Place a kitchen towel over our bowl and let the dough rest until it doubles in size (15 to 30 min. Approx.).
Once our dough is inflated, flatten it slightly with your fingers to remove the air and start separating as many dough balls as you can. Tip: you can measure the size with the palm of your hand.
Preheat the oven at 180° for about 10 minutes.
On a rectangular baking sheet, place waxed paper and arrange the dough balls. Try to keep a distance of one to two fingers between each dough ball to prevent them from sticking in the oven.
Coat your dough balls with very little vegetable shortening and let them rest for another 10 minutes to double in size.
Meanwhile, place waxed paper on your work surface. Take a ball of dough for the vanilla crust and place it on the paper. Then, cover the ball with another piece of paper and with the help of a rolling pin or a glass, flatten the dough into a circular shape. Repeat this step until you have the portions corresponding to the number of balls on your tray.
Take your tortilla crust and place it on top of your dough balls and flatten slightly with your fingers.
With the help of a knife mark the lines on your crust.
Once your conchas are ready, it’s time to bake. Put them in the preheated oven and let them bake for 15 minutes. You can check the doneness of your conchas by inserting a toothpick into the bread, which should come out clean. If not, you can leave for another five minutes and check again.
To give them a better consistency, you can leave your conchas in the oven off for another five minutes.
How can I serve my conchas?
Vanilla conchas are one of the most versatile sweet breads in all of Mexican cuisine, as their sweet touch complements sweet and savory flavors very well. Whether you want to accompany your conchas with a black coffee, a frappé, a glass of warm milk, a hot chocolate, an atole or on their own.
Or if you are a little more demanding, you can split your concha in half and fill it with whatever you want! Ham and cheese, cheese, cheese, beans, cream, custard, chilaquiles, etc. Don’t limit yourself in Mexican cuisine and enjoy new culinary horizons.
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