For part II of my panaderia series, I bring the recipe for just about the most prevelant of pan dulces (sweet breads) in my old neighborhood; Conchas. I've been looking for a good conchas recipe for ages, ever since I could no longer walk down the street to get a batch for 30 cents apiece.
This recipe is adapted from a great book (possibly the best one I've found in english) by Diana Kennedy, Regional Cuisines of Mexico.
50g (1) egg
1/8 tsp yeast
150g Sugar (I use "evaporated cane juice" or "Azucar Morena")
28g Unsalted Butter
250g (5) eggs
56g Superfine Sugar
56g Powdered Sugar
56g Unsalted Butter
(Optional Flavorings: Cocoa powder/Vanilla extract/Cinnamon)
Mix starter, let rest overnight or until doubled.
Tear starter into pieces, mix with liquids and sugar until incorporated
Mix flour, butter and yeast into liquids and let autolysis for 20 mins.
Fold in salt and kneed until dough is satiny.
Let dough double in a warm area, folding at least twice during fermentation.
Mix topping, incorporate until a dough using the back of a wooden spoon.
Add flavoring to taste.
Divide dough into 16 pieces (about 60g apiece), shape into rounds and place on a silpat or parchment paper.
Pull off 1" balls from topping mix, flatten into discs between your palms.
Press flattened discs into dough balls, flattening them a bit.
Score tops in a shell or grid pattern, cutting half way into the topping, and let double in size.
Bake at 350 for 15-17 mins, until conchas turn golden and sound hollow when bottom is tapped.
Enjoy with a glass of milk or a nice cup of hot cafe con leche. The shaping takes some practice, but there's a few videos on youtube that can help out. These simple eggy breads are favorites of mine, and I hope they will be of yours too.