Luke had pan dulce in his Spanish class as part of their Día de los Muertos celebration so he put in a Fancy Breakfast Friday request. I have never made pan dulce, nor did I know how to say it, so I went with the King Arthur Flour recipe. In retrospect, I should have considered a couple recipes, maybe one with a prettier topping, because these didn’t turn out like the pan dulce at la pastelería. (Or should I say la panadería? There’s been some debate here this morning.) There’s that point in the recipe where it says, “Just before baking, use a pan dulce cutter to press a pattern into the topping.” That’s when you give up on looks and hope that it tastes good.
I followed the recipe to step 9 the night before and then left them in the fridge over night. In the morning, they had until the oven was warmed up to rise on the counter and then they were cooked.
As I was prepping the dough the night before Luke asked what I was doing and I told him that I was making pan dulce with a “ch” sound and he got the sweetest smile on his face. I thought it meant, “Wow what a great and loving Mom I have.” But when he said, “Uh. It’s pronounced Pan Dulce” I realized it was a smile of “You dummy.” That’s OK, if anyone appreciates Fancy Breakfast Friday, it’s Luke.
Instead of halving the recipe and then making smaller portions, as I have been doing lately, I accidentally made the whole thing, and came up with 8 instead of 10. They were huge. Jack almost missed the bus because it took him so long to eat his.
I took a picture with the book I read last week too, The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan. It’s a little book about a good man. Each chapter is from the perspective of a different character. I read about it in the New York Times Book Review where Tana French recommended it, and Tana French had been recommended to me by my Aunt Linda, so I knew I had to read it.