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Conchas (Mexican Pan Dulce)

Breakfast, Desserts

Conchas are a Mexican bread, a sweet bread (Pan Dulce) that are served at panaderías. This concha bread is a soft, enriched dough that has a lovely buttery and sweet flavor.

Conchas/Pan Dulce are delicious when paired with hot chocolate

Let’s talk about Mexican conchas which are also known as pan dulce!

Sweet Bread literally translates to pan dulce in Spanish. While concha in English translates to seashell. Makes sense given that conchas look like seashells!

When I moved back to California after I graduated college, I realized I literally knew nothing about Mexican food. I, of course, had eaten a good amount of Mexican food when I lived in the OC as a little kid. But I don’t think I understood what I was eating. I also don’t think we ate a huge variety of Mexican food. And to be honest, my mom cooked most of the meals we ate. We weren’t a super “go-out-to-eat” type of family. That woman was on a budget!

Ingredients for Concha dough

When I finally moved back to Los Angeles, after college, I started to really understand and learn the different varieties of Mexican food and it was cool. I learned the differences between food from Baja, Mexico City, Colima, the Yucatan and Oaxaca. And my actual trips to Mexico have been even more educational.

One of my favorite places I went to in Mexico City was a panadería where they served the warmest, freshest conchas with the crispiest tops.

Concha dough being mixed up

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10 Cozy Things to Make for Easter

Adventures

I completely forgot to post a ’10 Cozy Things to Make in April’! WHAA! I don’t get where my brain was but it wasn’t working apparently. Easter is next weekend so I figured I’d skip to what you should make for Easter vs. April.

TBH I don’t even know what I’m doing for Easter. Josh is throwing a pop-up and I’ve promised to be the hostess and make the flower arrangements. I’m guessing I’ll be totally exhausted and will most likely wanna stay in bed. We shall see!

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls – But I also might make a batch of these rolls the day before and bake them up the morning of so who knows!

Conchas – SOOO many of you made these conchas and I love seeing everyone’s iterations, with the different toppings.

Instant Pot Lamb Shank – I made this last year and it was so delicious. The Instant Pot is a true time-saver and the chipotle sauce is something I make all the time.

Cappuccino-Flavored Rose Cupcakes – These cupcakes are so delicious. White fluffy cake and mocha-flavored cake layered together to make the perfect “cappuccino.”

Strawberry Sheet Cake with Rhubarb Frosting – One of the most popular recipes on A Cozy Kitchen for good reason; the strong strawberry flavor paired with the pink fluffy cake is a winner every time.

Very Good Blueberry Muffins – These muffins are so simple but just perfect. Feel free to make the batter the night before!

Carrot Sheet Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting – This carrot cake for a crowd is so perfect.

Smoked Gouda Black Pepper Biscuits – I love these biscuits. They are so delicious. The gouda gives them such a good flavor.

Strawberry & Cream Cookies – One of the most classic combinations, these cookies are chewy, filled with freeze-dried strawberries and white chocolate.

Cadbury Mini Eggs Skillet Cookie – Do you have extra Cadbury Mini Eggs lying around? Of course you do. Put them in this skillet cookie.

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15 Recipes to Make for Easter

Adventures, Holiday

This Easter is going to look differently—there’s no doubt about that—but it doesn’t mean we can’t try our best to make it nice. Here are 15 recipes to make for Easter. I have a few new recipes coming later this week! In the meantime, here are a few from the archives that will hopefully make your day a bit more delicious:

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Horchata Coffee

Drinks

Horchata Coffee is the combination of the two best things: horchata and coffee. Think of this coffee horchata recipe like cold brew. Coffee grounds are steeped with almonds, rice and brown sugar, blended and then strained to make the most delicious drink to start your day with.

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