Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

MelissaAmador 2

"I got this recipe from my friends mom who owns a Mexican Bakery. When they made these one day for my family they loved them - even my brother who is sooo picky. Now they ask for them all the time. Although they are a little time consuming it is well worth it at the end!"


2 h 20 m servings 395 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 395 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 14.5 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 58.9g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 7.1 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 303 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, stir together the yeast and warm water. Mix in the milk, 3/8 cup sugar, 1/3 cup melted butter, salt, egg and half of the flour. Gradually mix in the remaining flour, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter to knead as soon as it pulls together enough.
  2. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Place in a large greased bowl, and turn the dough to coat. Cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Make the topping while the dough rises. In a medium bowl, beat 2/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour until the mixture is the consistency of thick paste. Divide into two parts, and place one part in a separate bowl. Mix cinnamon into one half, and vanilla into the other half.
  4. When the dough is done rising, cut into 12 even-sized pieces. Shape into balls, and place on a greased cookie sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart. Divide each bowl of topping into 6 balls, and pat flat. Place circles of topping on top of the dough balls patting down lightly. Use a knife to cut grooves in the topping like a clam shell. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
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  1. 180 Ratings


This is a great recipe, easy and tasty. The only thing I would like to advice you is that instead of making 12 big conchas (on a 12 portions recipe) make the balls or conchas smaller around 20, ...

I thought that this was pretty easy and love the buttery taste of the topping. The recipe calls for 4 cups of flour, but I only used 3 cups. I did let it rest for 10 minutes before rolling into ...

Very sweet and very yummy! I sent these to a spanish/english class my husband helps out with and they were gone, gone, gone! :-) I made the dough in the bread machine and the topping by hand. ...

We made these for our Girl Scout Thinking Day today. They were a huge hit and are so delicious!! for those having a problem with the density of the dough...I actually did them overnight. I ma...

Incredible!!!! This is an excellent recipe. An instant hit and addition to my recipe box. Wouldn't change a thing.

This was really good. Only change I made was in the topping, instead of using vanilla extract in half, I used almond extract.

Great little sweet bread, just like the ones in the mexican pan shops. I made 12 that were smaller then i expected so next time i will double the recipe and make 12 big conchas like the ones i r...

This recipe came out too heavy -- even doubling the rising time the dough was unable to rise to 125%, much less 200%, and the conchas came out heavy and gluey. I spent a total of 15 minutes...

I loved these conchas. They are much denser than the conchas you get in most panaderias but I actually prefer them this way. I'll definitely make these again.