But my favorite market ritual is the bakery. Colorful sweet bread in a kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and sizes fills large woven baskets. As customers enter the bakery, they take a large round metal tray that looks like a pizza tray to place their selections.
Pan Dulce is sweet bread that is a common breakfast treat. Conchas, meaning shells, are popular sweet breads. The soft, buttery roll gets its name from the sweet sugar shell design that is pressed on the top of the bread with a tool that looks like a cookie cutter. Although conchas come in tan, white, brown, and other colors, I prefer pink! When dipped in warm hot chocolate, they taste like heaven.
Orejitas, meaning little ears, are sinfully delicious treats made with puff pastry covered in sugar! They are similar to French palmiers. Yummy!
Polvorones taste like a crumbly shortbread cookie but are actually considered a breakfast pastry. While purists enjoy this treat sprinkled with a little bit of sugar, the cookies topped with sprinkles or other colorful decorations make any bread basket look amazing at breakfast. I usually always pick up at least one of these.
I love the Mexican sense of humor and the way this cultural nuance translates to the spoken language. Some of the tastiest treats in the bakery have fun names…
What about these…
Colchones…mattresses, basically these are hot crossed buns
Niño envuelto…wrapped up baby, these are jelly filled
These bakery items are becoming more and more common in grocery stores in the U.S., but perhaps you are lucky enough to have a bakery close to you to buy sweet bread every day!