Mexican Conchas

Nina Kneads to Bake

Mexican conchas (also called Pan Dolce) are a delicious sweet bread with a chocolate streusel topping that is perfect for breakfast or as a snack. The bread is fluffy and buttery with a brioche-like texture, while the topping is crumbly and sweet!

Mix yeast, sugar, and warmed milk in a large bowl.

Add butter and eggs, and mix well.

Add 3 ½ cups of flour to the bowl, then add salt. Knead until the dough comes together and cleans the sides of the mixing bowl.  Place ball of dough in a large greased bowl, cover and let it proof in a warm environment until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

When the dough has doubled, place it onto a floured work surface. Divide it into 12 pieces and form each into a bun. Place buns on two baking trays lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, and cocoa powder.

Mix until it comes together and can be formed into a ball.

Divide topping into 12 balls. Use the palm of your hands and flatten each ball into a flat, round disc.

Place each disc onto the top of a bun, and press it onto the bun very lightly.  Use a knife to gently etch out a shell shape on each one.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the buns are lightly golden brown.