Pan De Muerto with Cereal Recipe

Pan De Muerto with Cereal Recipe

Let me start off by saying that Dia de Los Muertos has a different perspective than Halloween. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of the loved ones that have passed on and a time of remembrance. With colorful decorations and candles, one of the most popular ways to celebrate is with food!

Life is all about living it to the fullest with the people you love. That’s what Cereal con Cariño is trying to help you achieve. You can see how cereal and traditions can make up some of the best parts about family life!

For me, food is my favorite part about my culture. Pan de Muerto is the most popular treat and one of the most iconic sweets during this holiday. I’ll be showing an easy way to make it but with a twist! Using cereal as part of the ingredients and not just a topping is going to give it a yummy texture that will bring back old memories and help make new ones! The recipe takes a while to get it done, but it’s so worth it!

Follow along below and try out this classic bread!

Pan de Muerto Recipe

Pan De Muerto with Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  1. 5 Cups of Flour
  2. 2 Cups of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (Or cereal of your choice)
  3. 2 Packets of 1/4 oz Yeast
  4. 1 Cup of Sugar
  5. 2/3 Cup of Milk
  6. 1/3 Cup of Water
  7. 1/2 Cup of Butter
  8. 4 Large Eggs
  9. 2 Tablespoons of Orange Zest
  10. 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  11. 1/4 Cup of Orange Juice
  12. 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder
  1. In a small bowl, warm up the 1/3 cup of water and add the two packets of yeast and a tablespoon of sugar. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Next, grab your cereal and put inside a ziplock bag and crush the pieces. Make sure they're not too large but not too pulverized. Set aside
  3. Grab a bowl and add the 2/3 cup of milk and 1/2 stick of butter and microwave for a minute or until the butter is melted.
  4. In a bigger bowl, add the flour and mix in 1/2 cup of sugar, and a pinch of salt.
  5. Add the milk/butter mixture to bigger bowl with the dry ingredients and proceed to add the risen yeast. Mix until completely combined.
  6. Add the eggs, the orange zest, and the cereal and continue to mix until the dough is firm and not sticky.
  7. In a greased or oiled bowl, place the dough for an hour.
  8. Once the dough has expanded, stretch it out on a floured counter and begin to stretch and cut in 4 equal parts.
  9. Roll 3 of the pieces into ball shapes. Once that's done, use the remaining piece to make 3 small balls to place on the bigger loafs and 4 string parts for each loaf to place on top. Use a bit of water if add ons don't stick.
  10. Let sit for 30 minutes and start preheating oven at 350 degrees.
  11. Start preparing the glaze by mixing the orange juice and 3 tablespoons of sugar and microwaving for a minute. Set aside.
  12. In another small bowl, mix a tablespoon of sugar and the cinnamon powder and set aside.
  13. Once the dough is ready, put into oven for 20 minutes.
  14. 5-10 before it's ready, take the bread out and quickly add the orange glaze and cinnamon powder mix on top and pop back in until it's golden brown.
  15. Once ready, take it out and let it cool. Then enjoy!
Adriana Renee
Adding Cinnamon Toast Crunch just added a burst of flavor and made it more enjoyable to eat since it provided an even sweeter taste. Make sure to try your own and let me know what you think!

Also, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, General Mill is throwing a Dia de Los Muertos event! On 10/29 from 12-8pm enjoy a celebration for the whole family. For more details visit Cereal con Cariño

For more fun, watch my video of the process of making this recipe!


Did you know about Dia de Los Muertos? How do you celebrate? Check out the site and tell me what will you make!