Panaderia La Central in Phoenix aims to be a cornerstone for traditions in the Mexican community and they do not disappoint during Dia de Los Muertos.
Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition upheld to honor loves ones that have passed away. Celebrations include altars to remember the dead, as well as, traditional dishes. One of those sweet traditions is pan de muerto.
Pan de muerto translates to “bread of the dead.” It’s a round loaf of bread flavored with vanilla or orange and topped with sugar or seeds. The shape of the bread represents the circle of life. However, pan de muerto means even more to Esteban Jimenez who makes the bread at the bakery. He learned the process from his father in Mexico. Jimenez worries the tradition is lost on some who don’t remember the origins. This is what pushes him to continue baking.
You can take part in the tradition from October 31 through November 2 or try Panaderia La Central’s other offerings anytime including their popular tres leches cake.