Let’s talk about Day of the Dead food!
Do you know about Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos?
What Is Dia de los Muertos?
Dia de los Muertos is not the same as Halloween and it is not meant to be scary. Instead, Day of the Dead is about honoring loved ones who have passed with celebrations. Day of the Dead dates are: October 31 through November 2. The celebrations include painted faces, dances, parades, gatherings, and special food like Pan de Muerto, or Day of the Dead Bread.
Day of the Dead is a great topic to add to your Fall activities. We really had a fun time learning more about this holiday during our lessons and activities.
It was interesting to learn about a different culture and how they use the time in October to honor the loved ones who have passed.
(By the way, Day of the Dead is not just Mexican Halloween.)
Traditional Day of the Dead Food
Just like any celebration in any culture, food is a major part of it.
Day of the Dead food is no different.
Traditional Day of the Dead food includes:
- Agua de jamaica (hibiscus flower water)
- Agua de tamarindo (tamarind water)
- Calavera (Sugar skulls)
- Horchata, or orxata (a drink with rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon)
- Caramel flan
- Calabaza en tacha (candied pumpkin)
- Blue corn enchiladas
- Pan du Muerto, or Day of the Dead bread (What we decided to make!)
One of the things that we used to do all the time (that I want to get back to doing) is to pair up our learning or theme lesson with a fun cooking project.
For our Dia De Los Muertos learning, we decided to make Pan de Muerto, or traditional Day of the Dead Bread, for our Day of the Dead food. This is probably the Day of the Dead food that is most closely associated with this holiday.
Be aware: This bread is a dense, plain-ish bread that the kids (and you) may find boring. (But, we spruced it up!)
Since the recipe has some orange zest in it, we thought it would yummy with an addition of chopped fresh cranberries (and give it a little extra fall/holiday-ish kick).
And, it did not disappoint!
Just be aware that this traditional Day of the Dead bread does not contain cranberries.
However, my daughter took some into her Spanish class (the teacher is from Mexico) and the teacher thought the cranberries were such a great addition that she said she said she is going to start making it that way!
(YAY for us!)
NOTE: This is a time consuming recipe (as is any time that you make bread from scratch), so we used that time while the bread was rising to learn more about Day of the Dead and read some Day of the Dead books.
Be sure to gather up all your study and book items and get them ready before you start making the recipe. That way during recipe down time you can just move back and forth between studying about the day and continuing the recipe process.
Try These Day of the Dead Books for Kids
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