Bakery from Mexico
Mexican Bakery - Pasteleria Mexicana
Bread has been a vital source of nourishment for centuries, dating as far back as 2700 B.C. where ancient civilizations like Egypt enjoyed its rich taste. It was introduced to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors who radically changed the corn based diet of the ancient Mesoamerican people with the consumption of Wheat and other grains. They learned how to make wheat bread, and began to give it different shapes and flavors, since bread was made with eggs, butter and water. Sweet bread was created much later as a complement to chocolate that not only became a traditional breakfast but a signature food in Mexico. It is believed that the creative shapes of Mexican bread were a result of the indigenous people being prohibited to make figures of their gods with amaranth, so they molded the bread into figurines which pleased the Spaniards. The French also had an important impact on Mexican bakery during their occupation of Mexico in the 1800s, when baguettes, croissants, crispy rolls and other exquisite pastries where first introduced. After the battle of Cinco de Mayo ended the French occupation, the techniques of the French where adopted by Mexican bakers who where inspired to make the delicious varieties of Mexican pastries we know today. As you can see Mexican bread are a result of ingenuity, culture, tradition and a mixture of European conquerors and primitive settlers, who have richly inspired Mexican bakery. After all what is coffee or champurrado without a delicious Mexican pastry on the side?
Popular Bakery and Pastry Brands from Mexico
The following list includes the most popular Mexican bread and pastries that are also manufactured by the country’s leading brands Bimbo and Marinela, as well as Mexico’s most famous bakery El Molino. MexGrocer.com brings these popular brands right to your door with a huge selection of famous mexican bakery products.
Toasted Bread – Bimbo gave a unique twist to the typical loaf of bread, by creating their popular “Pan Tostado” (Toasted Bread). As the name suggests, a loaf of bread is toasted until given a golden color. This crunchy bread is a great addition to your breakfast. Bimbo has two types of pan tostado, white and with wheat and oat fiber. If you prefer none toasted bread, then substitute with Bimbo’s large white or wheat bread.
Conchas – Which means Shell in Spanish is traditional bread in Mexico that can often be found on every family’s table for breakfast and lunch. Concha’s come in different colors such as white, chocolate, yellow and pink. What gives them their authentic taste and texture is the ingredients in the dough which include eggs, sugar and butter. Conchas are coated in a sugary paste of different colors and flavors, and are given their unique shape with a mold in the shape of a Shell. Be sure to try Bimbo’s deliciously sugar coated Conchas at MexGrocer.com.
Empanadas – Is a well known pastry that is stuffed with a sweet fruity filling, the dough is lightly sweetened which gives it a very unique flavor. The empanadas most distinguishing feature is its curly trim edges which are made by hand. MexGrocer.com offers El Molino’s exquisite Empanadas with Piloncillo that is sure to be a hit in your home. If you love tasty treats, be sure to try this.
Orejas de Hojaldre
Feite or Palmier – This sugary pastry is known as “Orejas de Hojaldre” in Mexico and is known for its exquisite buttery flavor. Originating from France, this delicious concoction is made with different layers of butter and dough. Try out this authentic pastry with Bimbo’s Fine Pastry: Orejas de Hojaldre.
Puerquitos - Cochinitos
Puerquitos – These delicious gingerbread cookies are shaped into piglets, which is where they get their popular name “puerquitos” (piglets). Its unique flavor and golden brown color is due to its exquisite ingredients which include: molasses, sugar and milk. Be sure to check out El Molino’s Puerquitos cookies, it’s a tasty treat you don’t want to miss out on.
Cookies – Mexico also has delicious cookies that come in unique flavors, shapes and textures. MexGrocer.com offers you a rich variety of cookies from Mexico’s top brands, including el Molino’s popular orange and ring shaped corn cookies. As well as Marinela’s famous Marias, Polvorones and Canelitas cookies.
Pan de Muerto
Pan de Muerto – Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s hugest traditions, a special day that reunites family and friends as they honor their beloved ancestors and loved ones who have past away. Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) is an important Mexican bread made to honor our ancestors and loved ones. This bread is made with flour and is deliciously coated in sugar. Pan de Muerto is placed on top of altars along with “Calaveritas de Dulce” (Sugar Skulls) to honor the dead.
Rosca de Reyes
Rosca de Reyes – This holiday bread known as the 3 Kings cake is an essential part of Christmas time, it is a celebration with family & friends that reminds us of the magic of Christmas when Jesus Christ our savior was born. This delicious cake consists of honey, nuts, eggs, dried fruits and flour. The tradition of the 3 Kings cake consists of finding the doll that is hidden in the bread, which represents the baby Jesus, and whoever finds the baby doll has to host a party on February 2nd (Dia de la Candelaria) where atole and tamales are served.
Other popular Mexican bakery items that you can find at MexGrocer.com are Marinela’s delicious Mexican cakes that include: Gansitos Marinela, Submarinos, Pinguinos, Napolitanos, Lors Cake, Choco Roles and Rollos. These pastries are known for their exquisite creamy, jelly and milk caramel fillings. Also Mexican cakes like Marinela’s pound cake and mantecadas are an excellent choice for a sweet and savory treat.