As the name implies, El Día de los Muertos is a day set aside to remember those who have died and is tradition dating back to the Aztecs in ancient Mexico. Far from being a day of sadness and mourning, it is a day of joy and celebration.
Traditionally baked on this day is el Pan de Muerto (The Bread of the Dead), which is set out to welcome the deceased. The round loaf with its knobby protrusions represents the skull and bones of the muerto (dead person) peeking out of a funeral mound and will traditionally have a “lovely, spongy texture under the sugar-covered glaze, will be slighly sweetened, very delicately spiced, and with the merest touch of citrus.”
The Year 10 Spanish students undertook the challenge of making their own Pan de Muerto. Each team was given the same recipe to follow, informed that their finished product would be judged based on presentation, taste and texture, and then left to their own devices. The results were delicious, original, and interesting, to say the least, and for quite possibly the first time in history, there was even a ‘brownie de muerto’.
A warm thank you to Mrs Pam Garry and Dr. Jennifer Macleod for acting as judges for this event and well done to Neil Hutton, Tim Chirnside, Will Turner and Will Edwards for their outstanding Pan de Muerto.