Pan de muerto plays an important role in ofrendas. For Día de Muertos, the aptly named pan dulce, which is characterized by its criss-cross shape, stands in for sorrow. The bread, which is sometimes topped with sugar or sesame seed and other times filled with cajeta, chocolate or nata, signals the generosity of the host and feeds the dead after a long, weary journey.
But as with anything food-related, people have found ways to remix pan de muerto. Below, check out a few creations (and we’ll let you judge if they’re for you or not).
Chilaquiles + Pierna de Cerdo
If you’re a fan of savory and sweet, then this pan de muerto stuffed with chilaquiles and pierna de cerdo might be for you.
Pan de Pastor Muerto
Inside this pan de muerto are all the elements of a taco al pastor. It’s served with slices of lime as well.
Pan de Muerto Torta
This sandwich features a glazed pan de muerto, chorizo, cabbage, mustard hollandaise and grilled ham.
Pan de Muerto Ice Cream Sandwich
Leave it to La Newyorkina to make pan de muerto even more appetizing. This version makes pan de muerto a vehicle for ice cream.