Elotes (Mexican Sweet Bread)


There is nothing more comforting than to sit down and have a lovely hot cup of coffee and a piece of “Pan Dulce” (this is what my mummy always says). Since I remember, pan dulce has been one of the things that we would always have at home.

Today I got together again with my lovely friend Katrina, she is the expert to make pan dulce, you can see her recipe of coyotas here in my blog. We made Elotes, a type of sweet bread in a form of a corn. There are yummy! I thought they were quite difficult to make, but they aren’t, so here is her recipe, I hope you like it as much as I do.

Makes 10 Elotes

To make the dough


  • 280 ml water
  • 4 g cinnamon
  • 112 gr Trex vegetable fat
  • 36 gr sugar
  • 3.5 gr dried yeast
  • 225 gr self raising flour
  • 4 gr baking powder


  1. Mix the dried yeast with the water and leave it to active it, when it starts making bubbles, it means that it is ready.
  2. Combine all the dried ingredients in a big mixing bowl, ready to pour the yeast.
  3. Then once the yeast is ready, mix it with the dried ingredients, work the dough inside the bowl.
  4. It is ready when the dough bounce back and it is not sticky. If you think it is too sticky, just add a bit more flour on the outside, but do not mix it too much, because the dough needs to be moist inside.
  5. Then divide the dough into 10 small balls of 70 gr each and live aside.

To make the filling

Makes 17 small balls filling


  • 125 gr Trex vegetable fat
  • 125 gr baking sugar or caster sugar
  • 127 gr all purpose flour
  • One vanilla pod
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)


  1. Take the vanilla seeds and mix them with the trex vegetable fat, then mix all the ingredients until you get an soft paste. If you want to add some flavour, you can add 1 tbsp cocoa powder.
  2. Leave it to rest for 5 min. Then make like a long log and cut pieces of 25 gr. you might  have more than 10 pieces, so you can keep the rest in the freezer for next time.

To make the Elotes


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, 180 degrees C
  2. Take one of the dough balls and with a rolling pin, make a small patty, not to thin.
  3. With a knife makes some incisions all vertical and horizontal (see pictures)
  4. Turn it around. Extend one filling ball and place it in the middle of the patty.
  5. Then roll the patty and close the ends (see picture)
  6. Place them in the oven for 15 min or until golden brown.
  7. Once cool down, brush each with some vegetable fat using a brush and roll them on sugar.
  8. Enjoy them with a nice hot Mexican chocolate.



Join the Conversation

  1. Of all the mexican sweet bread, this kind is my favorite!!! 🙂

    1. They just taste soooooo good! Right??! 😘

  2. Tienes razón! Me encanta tomar un cafecito con leche y comer un pan dulce. Tengo muy buenos recuerdos de mis días como estudiante en Puebla. Mis vecinos me invitaban a la casa en la noche y disfrutábamos un rico pan dulce con un café.

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