Concha bread is a sweet and delicious Mexican treat. Here's how to make it!
Calling all bread lovers!
If you’ve not tried Concha, you are missing out on a double dough-licious treat. Concha is a sweet bread roll topped with a sweet crunchy topping. These rolls are traditional to Mexico and get their name from their resemblance to seashells - they're round and striped.
Does your mind immediately skip to margaritas and tacos when you think of Mexican cuisine? If so, then you might be quite surprised that Mexican bakeries boast a huge range of wonderful pastries, breads, cakes, desserts and candies!
As demand rose in Mexico for innovative and interesting bakes during the 17th century, French bakers began to make their way to Mexico. With them they brought recipes for Brioche, which is believed to be the origin of the bread base of the popular Concha.
Conchas are comprised of two parts - a sweet bread roll and a crispy cookie dough that tops it.
Although an enriched yeasted dough (like a brioche) is the base of the roll - leading many to link the French origins to this Mexican delight - its exact origin is not known. It is not clear who created or why they created the Concha.
But with its yeasty bread roll finished with a cookie topping, it is quite a unique bake! The only other baked treat quite like it is the Japanese 'melonpan' - another yeasted bread roll with a sweet topping.
While it is not traditional for Conchas to be paired with other flavors, modern bakers tend to offer them with a combination of vanilla and chocolate, orange and chocolate, or pecan!
You can also find Concha bread in a range of bright colors, with bakers infusing the bread and cookie crust with food colorings.
Before you get creative with variations, let’s take a look at the traditional Concha recipe!