I had been searching for this recipe for elotes for a long time. It is one of my favorites from la panadería (the bakery). One of the reasons I love searching for recipes on Pinterest, is that there are many recipes in Spanish as well. Some are a lot easier to translate than others. The other day as I was pinning away, I see this recipe pop up from one of the boards that I follow.
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Want a softer pan dulce? See updated and revised Elotes Recipe!
It took me a little while to figure out the measurements exactly, but I just could not wait to test it out! I only added a few things to the recipe, such as anise, extra cinnamon and orange zest. It is a fun recipe to prepare for the upcoming fall harvest themed dinner, such as Thanksgiving, since the bread resembles an ear of corn.
Enjoy the learning process!
When I take on a new recipe, there is a chance that it won’t turn out. That doesn’t stop me though. No matter the outcome, in the end I will have learned something new. That is my attitude and 9 out of 10 times the results are good. Have fun cooking!
Pictures speak a thousand words!
Recipes like this require a visual! I was thankful that there were step by step pictures of the process. It was much easier for me to re-create the look of the pan dulce, elotes.
Notes: To the last 5 elotes, I added a little bit of blackberry filling. They baked up nicely, as long as the filling is thick and not runny, it should work with most fruit fillings.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg slightly beaten
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground anise optional
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Zest of 1 orange optional
- 2 drops of yellow food coloring optional
- You will also need more sugar for dusting
- On a flat surface or large cutting board, add the 2 cups of flour. To the flour, add 1 teaspoon yeast, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/3 cup sugar, mix with hands. Using your fingers, mix in the egg. Gradually mix in the water, the dough will be lumpy. Add in the cinnamon, anise and shortening. Knead the dough until smooth, about 5 to 7 minutes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- In another bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the filling. Mix with hands until dough forms. Make 15 small balls and roll them between the palms of your hands to form a skinny cigar shape, about 2 inches long. transfer to a plate, cover and set aside.
- Make 15 equal dough balls with the reserved dough. Using a tortilla press lined with wax paper, press the dough ball out to about 3 inches. Using a knife or metal spatula, score straight lines across the flattened dough. Turn it and score it again so it crosses the other lines.
- Carefully flip over and add filling down the center, fold in sides, press to seal. Pinch the end together and shape almost like an ear of corn.
- Place seam side down onto lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, turning pan halfway through baking time. Bake until golden. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Thank you so much for sharing. This is my favorite sweet bread. Where I live in Oregon it is impossible to get without driving 3 or 4 hours. Now I can try making them myself.
Marcella, I just want to let you know that the bread is not as light and airy as the real bakery version. The recipe does not call for too much proof time like other breads. I believe it’s because if it rises too much, it woould be hard to shape. I plan on preparing the recipe again soon and if I can figure hoe to improve on it, I will let you know what I did. I will add the info to the post when I do. Thanks for the question.
Marcella, where in Oregon do hoy live? I know of 3 bakeries that make deliciouspan de elote.
I would love to know also…my so. Lives in Medford Oregon
Pan dulce lover
Just pulled mine out of the oven and really excited to try them. I didn’t have shortening for the dough so I used butter and I didn’t use the anise either.
Have you considered a second rise before baking??this could make them lighter and airier.
Yes, Sarabeth, I have considered a second rise since then. I have experimented with sooo many Mexican-style dough recipes since I prepared those for the first time. My recipe for pan de huevo/conchas yields a soft and airy bread and I love it! I am going to try these again soon using that dough recipe. Thanks for the feedback!
I’m so excited to try this recipe out! I just moved to Virginia Beach from Central California (originally from East LA) and there is NO pan dulce!! Not even KINDA good mexican food!
Hi Cathy! So happy you stopped by and found the recipe. Enjoy!
This recipe is not meant to be light and air or fluffly soft so don’t worry about this aspect. Elote relleno is a type of sweet bread that has an outer shell that’s not too sweet & it’s more on the crunchier side and the filling is softer & sweeter.
Thank you Lupita. I am very happy with the recipe as is. I didn’t think it should be light and airy like a concha. Someone expressed to me once that the panaderia elotes were soft. I like the recipe as is. Thanks for your feedback.
I can’t wait to try this recipe, I agree is bread is always a more dense not airy and fluffy. I moved to northern idaho and can’t find good mexican food or bakery around. I’ve mastered the food now onto desserts. These and the little pigs are my first attempt!
Hi Pam! I love experimenting with the pan dulce recipes. It’s such a rewarding experience when it come hot out of the oven!
Jorge A Miranda Jr
I can’t thank you enough for this easy and delicious recipe. This is my favorite pan dulce, so I’m very excited. I have made it twice now and I am getting the hang of it. I never used yeast before, so I overlooked the part about covering the dough while letting it sit…oops. But the second time around I let it sit in a covered bowl for 2 hours and the dough was easier to work with and much better. It came out a little softer, but still firm.
My only problem is that the dough for the filling is still way too sticky to shape. I let that sit for longer in my second attempt (maybe 90 minutes), but it was sticky and impossible to shape into cigars. Any idea what I can do to make that part better?
Hi Jorge! I don’t think I have had a problem with the filling being too sticky before.You could add a little more flour and powdered sugar to tighten up the filling a little. Just add 1/2 a teaspoon of each at a time and mix really well after each time. Just add enough until it doesn’t feel so sticky and is easy to form. Thanks for the feedback!
I loved this recipe! my family was raving about how good they were and how they tasted better than the store. I am definitely saving this recipe! thank you!
That’s wonderful Jackie! I know the commercial bakeries have their secrets, but sometimes recipes prepared at home, fresh out of the oven are so much better. Thank you for the feedback!
I tried your reciepe and loved it!! They taste and have the same inner and outer texture as the elotes/gusanos from my hometown bakery!!!
Oh good!! I was just thinking the other day that I need to prepare these again! Thank you for the feedback!!
Is it ok to use food coloring in the dough
Oh, absolutely. Food coloring is used to color the candy paste for conchas and to color frosting for cakes.
I have questions about this recipe. I made it today; but the dough was so dry. I had to add extra water. Not nearly enough yeast or rise time. The dough was so dense. Secondly the center dough I mixed exact as well and it was literal paste. I had to add 1/2 cup more of flour for it to even be able to be molded. I don’t know if you accidentally didn’t add the right quantity’s on the site. The taste was good, don’t get me wrong. But I never would have gotten there without the changes I made. Also were you suppose to freeze have room temp cold or melted shortening?
Kathlena, this recipe was adapted from a recipe in Spanish. I myself had to adjust some of the measurements, but tried to follow as closely as possible to the instructions as I read them. I believe the bread is meant to be dense and the original recipe only calls for letting the dough rest for 10 minutes. I work with a lot of yeast dough regularly and thought the same thing when I read it. As far as the filling is concerned, I find that working with flour is never an exact amount all the time. In my experience, sometimes more flour is required and sometimes less. Depends on the humidity levels, climate, lol! My friend who is a baker tells me this anyway. I just adjust as needed. Here is the link to the recipe in Spanish that I used as a guide. https://www.rusttica.com/2013/09/elotes-pan-dulce-mexicano.html
I just made your recipe. It is really good. Next time I would let the Elotes proof in a warm space longer. And bake it for 25 minutes. Once out of the oven coat each in sugar while hot. So yummy ( I’m a retired baker and I’ve always wanted to learn how to bake Pan Dulce) So I’m always searching for formulas. Thank you
Your welcome Delia. The recipe was adapted from a Mexican recipe and I tried to follow it as close as possible as far as the proof time. I have done my share of baking since I first posted that recipe. I would agree now that they need to proof a little longer. But my concern was that I would not be able to make the elote marks on the dough if it proofed too much. I will have to attempt it soon. Thanks for your input.
Hi Sonia, thanks for the recipe , my favorite, growing up in El Paso, Tx, these had cherry gel type filling and I miss the filling, I live in Phoenix and have a good bakery near just don’t do cherry fill. I’ll try this!
Hi Sonya, I must prepare these again soon too! Thank you!
Sonia,I have been learning how to make the different Mexican sweet breads and I bake a lot with yeast and when I saw the yeast with salt I knew it wouldn’t rise as it needs the sugar to help the yeast grow. I tweaked your recipe and they came out great. I used your first recipe and then found your revised one. My son loved these Elotes. Sweet but not too sweet. I will continue to try all your recipes. Great job.
Thank you Arcie! I am constantly learning new techniques and methods to improve some of the older recipes when I was not as experienced.
Thank you so much for this I don’t buy from panaderias because of my sons nut allergies so now that we’re home i cant sneak off during work to eat it lol! So i tried your recipe last night the filling was really sticky and then i started to second guess if i had put flour so just added it and it was perfect. They ended up being really small maybe i will make only 12 next time – my son was like umm are they supposed to be mini?! Lol oh well they were good and he finally got to try pan dulce!
Hi Jessica, did you use the original recipe or the revised version? The size really depends on you, of course. I just give a suggested amount to prepare. The revised Elote recipe has more yeast and doubles in size compared to the first. But, some people enjoy the original version.