There is a wide variety of breads found in Mexico. Wheat was first introduced by the Spaniards. The cereal was cultivated throughout all of Mexico. Nowadays, wheat is abundant. Some bread is for special occasions such as Day of the Dead, and Christmas. Other breads are made especially for breakfast. Some of the breads originate from many centuries ago. People in Mexico bake their own breads from scratch, or purchase them at food markets.
Bolillo is salty bread that is originally from Mexico, El Salvador, and other Latin American countries. The bread is shaped like an oval and baked to about 6 inches. The crust is crunchy with the inside being soft. Bolillo is the main ingredient in different kinds of tortas. Molletes is bread found in Spain and also Mexico. It consists of bolillo by it being cut in half and covered with cheese, beans, cream, and salsa. The bread can be eaten with eggs, and beans. Some people drink milk and chocolate milk with it. Torta ahogada is a sandwich that includes bolillo bread.
This sandwich is popular in all of Mexico. The sandwich is covered with a very spicy sauce made from dried chili peppers. Since it is so spicy, only people that are used to eating very hot chili peppers are able to eat this sandwich. There are less-spicy versions of this sandwich available which uses a tomato sauce. Fillings of the sandwich include pork, chicken, beans, and cheese. It comes with a side of onion rings, avocados, or chili peppers.
If you crave something sweeter, there is Pan Dulce. It is also known as Mexican sweet bread. Pan Dulce is dome-shaped sweet rolls. They have a sugar topping with the flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and sometimes strawberry. Traditional flavorings include cinnamon, anise, and dried fruit. Some of the rolls have designs on the shell. Pan Dulce is made year-round in Mexico, and can be found in Mexican bakeries. These rolls can be eaten as a desert or snack.
Another food that involves bread and your sweet tooth is Capirotada, Mexican bread pudding. The pudding is popular at the Lenten season in Mexico. It is typically made with small bread rolls, or the bread mentioned in this article, bolillos. It also includes fruits and raisons. Cinnamon and anise add spice to the dessert. The pudding is simple to make and is known for being a desert. Some people add roasted peanuts and aged cheese, making the pudding a great breakfast or brunch addition. Capirotada would make a great dish for the Christmas holidays because of its rich, elegant taste.
There are many types of breads, with unique names. Some are named after horns, bald ladies, policemen, keys, and pigs. Whatever type of bread you prefer, they will have in Mexico. If you would like to try the breads fresh, find a local Mexican grocer to purchase a loaf, or a few rolls. You will be able to find the type of bread you enjoy, either for lunch, dinner, dessert, or a snack.