Dia De Los Muertos is a day to celebrate and remember those who have come before us with those who are here today. What better way to celebrate the holiday than through our favorito thing: Food! Below are a few ideas and recipes to get your Dia De Los Muertos Feast underway!
Pan de Muertos: Day of the Dead bread
Pan de Muerto is a round slightly sweet bread flavoured with anise or citrus and is usually decorated with shapes on top which look like bones, often sprinkled with sugar and or sesame seeds. The bread is an essential element of the altar during the day of the dead season there to represent the deceased, and perhaps the most traditional food item associated with the holiday.
Tamales are one the most ancient Mexican foods said to have been consumed as far back as 5000 B.C. Tamale consists of a masa dough with a filling wrapped in a corn husk. A Mexican family favourite for this holiday along with many other Mexican holidays, tamales are not only delicioso but also are easier to make with many hands, so get the entire family involved!
Find out tamale recipe here: https://www.elcielo.com.au/2018/02/tamales/
Mole has a range of ingredients that vary depending on the type you are cooking, including chocolate and chillies. A more complex dish in nature it is one usually saved for special days in Mexico due to its labour and time intensive preparation. It is a rich and unique topping for a variety of dishes.
Find out black mole recipe here: https://www.elcielo.com.au/2015/01/puebla-mole-recipe-puebla-style/
Spicy Hot Chocolate:
Finish the celebrations with a delicioso chilli hot chocolate! Contrary to popular belief chocolate is actually native to Mexico. Known to have been consumed in prehispanic times as a hot drink – ancient Mexicans actually drank their hot chocolate spicy not sweet!
Find our tradiitonal chilli hot choclate recipe here: https://www.elcielo.com.au/2018/05/chilli-hot-chocolate/
Most importantly enjoy the day and the cooking process with family and friends! Happy Dia De Los Muertos amigos!