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Conchas!! Who kneads them? (BBB September 2015)

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BBB: Let's Get Baking summary: recipe for Conchas (Mexican pan dulce), based on a recipe from Pati’s Mexican Table; surprises about flavour combinations; is kneading necessary?; substitutions; a Bread Baking Babes project; (click on images to see larger views and more photos)

Bread Baking Babes (BBB) September 2015: Conchas (Mexican Pan Dulce)

shells wp-image-2280 The moment I see “shells”, I cannot stop reciting, “She sells seashells by the seashore. If she sells seashells by the sea shore, how many seashells does she sell?” But that’s doesn’t really feel very Mexican, does it? So I found a slightly more appropriate tongue twister:

La sucesión sucesiva de sucesos sucede sucesivamente con la sucesión del tiempo.

Today is Mexican Independence Day and BBB Heather (girlichef) has chosen to celebrate it with conchas – Mexican pan dulce.

Conchas are named after the shape of their sugar topping, which resembles a seashell. Conchas do have a hardened crust, but it is sugary, thick, crispy and crumbles right into your mouth as you take a bite. Right after you brake through that crust, there is a fluffy, soft, sweet roll made with flour, butter, yeast and eggs. With such a pleasing experience, no wonder it is one of Mexico’s most favorite sweet rolls or pan dulce.
– Pati Jinich, Pati’s Mexican Table, Sweet Conchas!

Conchas wp-image-2287 Well. The little conchas I made look not unlike the conchas that Heather suggested we make…. But. Do they taste anything like the way they’re suppose to?

Not to mention. Living in Toronto, can a Gringa who has never been even close to Mexico even expect to come close?

Or, to alter another tongue-twister I found:

Como poco coco conchas como, poco coco compro conchas creado.

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