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Chilean Pan Dulce

A traditional recipe for Chilean Pan Dulce.

  • Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 portions



for the dough,

  • 1 packet of dry active granulated yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk
  • 4 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature

for the pastry cream,

  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 egg, and 1 yolk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

to brush the dough,

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • jelly or jam to brush after baking


  1. Mix the warm milk (you should be able to dip your finger in it without burning yourself) with the yeast and the two tablespoons of sugar. Stir. It should start to bubble after a few minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, the rest of the sugar, salt, lemon zest, and orange zest. Stir. Add the milk with the yeast. Mix everything well using a wooden spoon or in the mixer.
  3. Add the eggs, half of the butter, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  4. Add the rest of the butter and flour, and mix until you get a dense, sticky dough.
  5. Change the mixer paddle to the kneading hook and knead for 5 minutes. Or knead by hand for 10 minutes. Cover and let stand. Another option if you do not want to knead you can let the dough rest overnight in the refrigerator.
  6. Make the custard: Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons of cold milk. Add the egg, yolk, and sugar. Beat very well. Heat the rest of the milk in a small pot. When it starts to boil, constantly beating, add to the egg mixture. Return everything to the pot, and cook, stirring until it starts to boil. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Stir. Put in a bowl with ice and stir occasionally. When it’s cold, fill a pastry bag with a star nozzle. Refrigerate.
  7. Cut the dough into four equal portions, each in 4 if you are making round pieces of bread (16 pieces) or two for the braids (8 parts). For braids, cut each portion into three, make dough logs, and braid them. Place the dough in buttered sheet pans or cover with parchment paper.
  8. Let rise for 1-2 hours, or until they double in size.
  9. Heat the oven to 180C or 350F.
  10. Beat the milk, egg, and sugar for the wash.
  11. Depress the center of the round pieces of bread. Paint with the egg wash and fill with the pastry cream. Or decorate each braid with custard.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Let stand for 10 minutes and brush with jelly or jam.
  14. Let cool before serving.
  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Sweet bread
  • Method: Oven baked
  • Cuisine: Chilean


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 284
  • Sugar: 16.8 g
  • Sodium: 179.1 mg
  • Fat: 8.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 6.6 g

Keywords: Chilean Sweet Bread, Chilean recipe