Pan de Muerto
This fun-shaped bread is a homemade treat that the whole family can enjoy.
For Eggwash:
Starter Culture:
  1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast together in a mixer or beat by hand.
  2. Add water and eggs. Knead about 3 minutes until dough is elastic and shiny.
  3. On a floured table, shape into a ball and place in a greased container.
  4. Cover and let rise approximately 2 hours (the ideal temperature is 77°).
  1. Mix starter with remaining bread ingredients.
  2. On a floured table, divide the dough into two equal portions (for two loaves.)
  3. Work one half of the dough at a time. Separate each half into three sections. Use one third to make four smaller pieces of equal size for the decorations.
  4. Form one of the pieces into a small ball for the center, and the others into strips to make the “bones.”
  5. Form the larger portion into a ball, as round as possible.
  6. Place all pieces on a baking sheet and let rest until double in size, approximately 1 hour.
  7. Brush large ball with eggwash and place small ball in the center and the strips vertically around the loaf. Firm up with both hands.
  8. Brush the bread again with eggwash.
  9. Bake at 375° for five minutes, then lower the temperature to 355°. (If the dough browns very fast, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the bread.)
  10. Turn off the oven and leave the bread inside for 2 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.
  1. Use a pastry brush to paint the loaf with softened or melted butter and sprinkle with white sugar.