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The Baker’s Wife?

A bow, an ear?  A cow, or the baker’s wife?   Mexican bread has funny names,  each piece  with a little childish sense of humor, from who knows who and who knows when.  When I learned that a biscuit shape kind of bread was named Pancha’s eyes, it was hard to decide if Pancha was a cow (Jorge, Panifico’s baker, thinks so) or the baker’s wife. (I think so).  You tell me.   The rest of the names are not hard to guess, “The wedding dress” with glittery sugar, or “Concha”, with a sugar cover shaped as a sea shell.  In every case each name suits the bread as if a small child had named them as pleased.

Edna Miggins owns Panifico, a  Mexican bakery in San Antonio, TX.  We took these pictures at her place. I asked Edna to write the names of each piece we photographed, as she is the bread expert and she was kind enough to write the following to add to this post. 

Thank you Edna.

“In the morning, there is nothing more sumptuous than the smell of baking bread as you drive to the local bakery.  It wraps around you like a loving embrace, the delicious smells making you hungry and also awakening memories of childhood.In Mexico, I remember that not only was that aroma present in the morning, but in the afternoons as well. We would walk to our neighborhood bakery every day at 6 o’clock because that’s when the bread would come out, fresh out of the oven.  Sometimes we would have to get there a little earlier, as there would be a line, everyone anticipating the bread’s ‘grand entrance.’ It was so beautiful hot, fresh donuts sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, ‘mantecadas’ with a nice, fluffy crown, flaky  pineapple ‘empanadas,’ and my favorite, moist and billowy ‘conchas.’  I could never decide between the one with white sugar paste or the chocolate sugar paste, even though I KNEW we would be back the next day and I could just choose the one I didn’t choose that day! They were so soft, your teeth would just sink into them.  We would make our purchases and home for our ‘merienda,’ a light meal or snack before dinner, where we would enjoy our bread with either milk or coffee. Bread makes me happy, I am not quite sure if it’s the memories or the comfort taste, maybe both”

By Edna Miggins.

Edna Miggins


Photography by Pauline Stevens shop @ Red Bird’s House

9 comments on “The Baker’s Wife?

  1. Scott
    June 26, 2012

    Me gusta tu fotografias!

    • Pauline Stevens
      June 26, 2012

      Gracias Scott. Mandame fotos de Barcelona!

  2. Gail Groves
    June 27, 2012

    Makes me smile!

    • Pauline Stevens
      June 28, 2012

      You made my day! BTW..did you ever received your market bag?

  3. elaine lytle
    August 30, 2012

    I almost licked my computer screen. This is definitely my “krytonite”. I’m off on a pan dulce run. Thanks for the most beautiful photos and wonderful memories.

    • Pauline Stevens
      August 30, 2012

      lol…Thank you Elaine. Make a run to Panifico, they have amazing conchas. Hugs.

  4. Elle
    July 12, 2013

    me encanta concha. gracias por las photos

  5. lovefromelle
    July 12, 2013

    me encanta concha. gracias por compartir

    • Pauline Stevens
      August 14, 2013

      Not too sweet, yet, sweet enough to enjoy with a good cup of strong coffee.

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