Bread - Pan Molido - Pan de Muerto - Rosca de Reyes (Seasonal)
Mexican Bread History and Industrial Evolution
In Mexico, Bread is known as “Pan” and is a signature staple of the country. There are many varieties of bread including Pan Dulce which is sweet bread in Spanish. This culinary delight was influenced by Spanish and French settlers, where the many varieties of bread get their names from. They left an important legacy in Mexico that would shape and make Mexican baking one of the most inventive traditions in the world. In the early 1800s the French introduced rich pastries, baguettes and crispy rolls to Mexico, after the French occupation of the country ended at the Battle of Puebla known as Cinco de Mayo, Mexico’s love for French bakery still remained and Mexican bakers adopted the French techniques to make their own unique varieties. Today there are more than a thousand types of Pan Dulce, each with a fancy name and similar shapes to the pastries and bread you would find in present day France but with a Spanish name.
It is difficult to choose a favorite with so many varieties available, just as it is hard to ignore the aroma of fresh baked bolillos (French rolls) and pan dulce, it is what draws so many people to Mexican bakeries, there is nothing like the taste of a bolillo straight out of the oven, as is the taste of freshly toasted bread.
Bimbo and El Molino Mexican Bread Brands
Today there are many famous Mexican bakeries that make the most delicious and exquisite bread in the country, the two most popular being Bimbo and El Molino. Who’ve been making Mexico’s favorite pastries and bread for years, and that MexGrocer.com is proud to give you access to.
Start your mornings, have a tasty snack or lunch with Bimbo’s healthy and delicious bakery products. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time for a morning breakfast Bimbo’s Multigrain Bars with Flaxseed or Mixed are the ideal snack on the go, as well as a great sweet treat for your kids lunch boxes. They are both nutritious and delicious, allowing for a fun snack that will keep you and your loved ones strong and healthy. Bimbo’s White and Wheat bread products are the perfection addition for every day meals, give your loved ones a nutritious meal they will enjoy to the fullest. Made with fresh milk and wheat grains, their bread guarantees to keep your children strong and healthy, just as their slogan says: Bimbo is made with love.
Do you like the traditional toasted bread in the morning? Then you’ll absolutely love Bimbo’s Toasted White or Wheat and Oat Fiber, these products are deliciously toasted, giving you a nutritious and authentic taste. They are ideal to compliment breakfast spread with jam, butter or as a snack with ham and cheese. Whatever you choose to do, you and your loved ones will enjoy Bimbo’s great taste in every nutritious slice you eat. Also recommended is Bimbo’s Bread Crumbs that can be used for a variety of dishes, one classic use for it is as a breading or layer on the outside of food that is either sautéed or fried, and can also be used as an ideal filler in things such as frittatas, puddings and quiches.
El Molino has more traditional breads in store for you, the most popular being the traditional Three Kings Cake and Day of the Dead bread. During the famous Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico between the 1 and 2nd of November, graves are decorated with flowers and loved ones who have passed away are honored with food and drinks, most commonly with the traditional Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead bread) that is made from a yeasty sweet egg bread that is flavored with anise and coated with sugar or sesame seeds. The Three Kings Cake is a traditional cake served during the Christmas season, and is popular in various countries including Mexico, the United States, Spain, France and Belgium. It is also closely associated with the Mardi Gras festivities of New Orleans. The traditional Mexican and Spanish “Rosca de Reyes” (Three Kings Cake) has an oval shape and is decorated with cherries, quinces or dried and candied fruits. It is served on January 6 during the celebration of the “Dia de Reyes” which means Kings’ Day. Children in Mexico traditionally get presents on this day which is attributed to the Three Wise Men. On January 6th before the children go to bed, they are to leave their shoes and a note for the 3 Kings outside and they will awake the following morning with gifts near their shoes. The most important purpose for The Three Kings cake is to remind families of the magic of Christmas when the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated worldwide. The tradition for the cake starts with the a trinket (a figure of the baby Jesus) that is placed inside of the oval shaped Rosca de Reyes, it symbolizes the flight of Jesus when fleeing from King Herod’s terrible plan to kill all the babies that could be the promised Messiah. Whoever finds the figurine of the baby Jesus in the bread is blessed and must host a party on February 2 which is Dia de la Candeleria (Candlemas Day).