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Pan Bon - Traditional Caribbean Bread

Cooking Time: 1 hour Yield: 10 servings Level: Intermediate


8 cups all purpose flour
3 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon yeast
1/2 cup brown sugar or tapa de dulce, ground
1/2 cup oil
2 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 tablespoon cinnamon, ground
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1/2 cup candied fruit
1/2 cup raisins


  1. Combine yeast with 2 cups warm water in a bowl. Add 2 1/2 cups flour and mix. Let it stand for three hours.

  2. Place grinded tapa de dulce in a saucepan. Add 1 1/2 cups water. Bring it to boil. Boil until the tapa de dulce is completely dissolved.

  3. Pour tapa de dulce liquid into a bowl. Add the flour-yeast mix, 5 1/2 cups flour, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, candied fruit, and raisins. Mix until smooth.

  4. Cut the dough into three equal pieces. Form three rolls. Save a little dough to decorate cake and cut it in thin pieces. Decorate rolls forming small figures with thin pieces of dough.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cook on a pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto the rack. Transfer the cake to a serving plate, turn right side up and let cool completely.

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