Fresh for the Oven, El pancito

Starting this week I will be posting recipes from Cecy’s restaurant.  Cecy’s restaurant is la Cocina. El Restaurante de Cecy is a play station; yes the kids play, work and produce.  The kids named it and they are my restaurant helpers.  They don’t always help, but they like cooking, they like setting the table, they like being productive.

We are a bicultural family, we want to give the best of both cultures to our children. We cook Bolivian Food, American food, and combinations also.  And of course, whatever we think could be yummy, beneficial and fun for the family.

One of our weekly favorites is el Pancito, our daily bread. I have many bread recipes, but I particularly like this one, perhaps that is why I know it by memory.

Whole wheat Bread with honey

The Recipe in English

  • 1 cup of hot milk
  • 1 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar (or honey)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 5 tsp yeast (1 package of yeast is 2 1/2 tsp of yeast)
  • 6 – 7 cups of milled flour
  • 1 Tbsp salt

Combine water, milk, oil, honey and egg in a bowl, I use a KitchenAid mixer add yeast and whisk. Wait a few minutes (5 to 10 min) or until it starts bubbling. Add flour and salt, not all of it, just 5 cups of flour, mix on low speed until well blended. Continue to mix adding the flour 1/2 cup at a time.  When the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl and the dough is not sticky but still soft to the touch, enough flour has been added. The dough must form a small ball.  Let rise until double in warm temperature. After rising, form into loaves or the shape you would like, let rise again.  I usually bake 2 loaves and one braided, or sometimes 2 loaves and the rest rolls. Let rise until at least double in size. Do not forget to grease and floured the bread pans before placing the dough in it.

Bake loaves at 350 F for 25-30 minutes.  Recipe makes 3 medium size loaves or about 30 small dinner rolls.


La Receta en Español

  • 1 taza de leche caliente
  • 1 ½ taza de agua
  • 1 huevo
  • 1/3 azúcar morena o miel
  • 1/3 aceite de oliva
  • 5 cucharillas de levadura (1 paquetito de levadura equivale a 2 ½ cucharillas)
  • 6 – 7 tazas de harina
  • 1 Cuchara de sal

Combine el agua, la leche, el aceite y el huevo en un recipiente grande, (yo uso mi batidora KitchenAid que tiene una aplicación para masas pesadas) diluyo la levadura y espero un ratito hasta que empiece a burbujear.

Añada la harina y la sal, primero 5 tazas de harina, encienda la batidora y mezcle. Luego añada el resto de la harina en incremento de ½ taza. Cuando la masa se separa del recipiente y la masa se siente suave y no es tan pegajosa .forme una bola y deje la masa reposar hasta que doble el tamaño.  Y ya está lista para poner en los moldes previamente engrasados y enharinados, o para  formar la forma que más te guste, a mi me gusta trenzarlos.  O formar pequeños pancitos.

Hornear en una temperatura de 350F por 30 minutos

I made this recipe in Bolivia last year and used honey instead of sugar and white flour instead of whole wheat flour, my dad loved it.

The kids love to make shapes with the dough, in that case I do not let it double rise. I just form into rolls or whatever shapes they are making and let it rise that way.

Here is a picture of a Ginger Bread Man and a Bread Roll, doesn’t it look good with the scramble eggs?

Ginger Brad Man and Roll





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