Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Making Conchas (Mexican pan)

Well yesterday I got bored so I have been eye balling these Mexican Pastry's for a while now and I finally got brave and made them. They are called Conchas...I almost forgot to tell you that conchas are shells in Spanish.....

1 package dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (115-120 F)
1/2 cup warm evaporated milk (115-120 F)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl stir together yeast and warm water, let stand for ten minutes. Stir in evaporated milk, 1/3 cup sugar, melted butter, egg, and salt. Stir on 2 cups flour. Gradually stir in remaining 2 cups flour and the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to make the dough.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead 3-5 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball and transfer to a greased bowl, turn he dough to coat. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 60-75 minutes.

Meanwhile, for the topping, in medium bowl, beat softened butter with mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add 2/3 cup sugar, beat until well mixed. Stir in 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and vanilla.
Punch down the dough then cover an let stand ten minutes. Divide dough into 12 pieces.

 Roll each piece into a ball and place 3 inches apart on a parchment lined  baking sheet. press balls down slightly. Divide topping into 12 balls, pat each ball flat. Place one round of topping onto each dough ball.
use a sharp paring knife to cut grooves in the topping to resemble a scallop shell.

 Cover rolls and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 F.  rolls 18-20 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.

 I hope that you give these a  try, I had a blast making them...was a challenge for me. And I have to say they came out pretty darn good....Hoping that your week has been great so far...Mine has and I will soon tell you about my most lovely morning I had....Meeting a new bow.... 
           Here's to a great day and afternoon with love Janice.


  1. These sound wonderful! Good luck on your new bow!!

  2. great are you doing ? has being a long time i dont hear of you..myspace doesnt work for me anymore..only my blog...i have lost contact with many people..i wish you the best friend..your page is lovely..blessings for your daughter and grand son..soraya