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Old 14-11-2003, 08:27 PM
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CONCHAS (Mexican Sweet-topped Buns)

a.. 1/2 cup butter (150gr)
b.. 1/2 cup milk
c.. 1/2 cup water
d.. 5 to 5-1/2 cups flour , or breadmix
e.. 2 packages dry yeast
f.. 1 teaspoon salt
g.. 1/2 cup sugar

h.. 4 eggs
i.. Flavored Topping Dough
In a saucepan over medium flame, heat the butter, milk and water until very
warm but not boiling.

Meanwhile, measure out 1-1/2 cups flour and set the rest aside. In a large
mixing bowl, combine the 1-1/2 cups flour, yeast, salt, and sugar. Beat in
the warm liquid until well combined. Add the eggs and beat in another 1 cup
of flour. Continue adding more flour until dough is soft but not sticky.
Knead on lightly floured board for ten minutes until smooth and elastic.

Lightly grease a bowl and place dough in it, cover with plastic wrap and let
rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1-1/2 hours. Punch the dough
down and shape into loaves resembling skulls, skeletons or round loaves with
"bones" placed ornamentally around the top. Let these loaves rise for 1

Meanwhile, prepare Flavored Topping Dough. Cover with plastic wrap to
prevent from drying.

Punch dough down. Divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.
Place on greased cookie sheet.

Flavored Topping Dough
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel

Beat sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Stir in flour until mixture
is the consistency of thick paste. Divide into 3 equal parts. Stir cinnamon
into one part, vanilla extract into one part and orange peel into one part.

Divide each part of dough into 4 equal pieces. Pat each piece into a 3-inch
circle. Place 1 circle of Topping Dough on each ball of dough, shaping it
down over the ball. Make 5 or 6 cuts across the topping, using a table
knife, to form a shell pattern. Cover and let rise until double - about 40

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake buns until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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