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Sep 24, 2012 06:56 PM

Pan Dulce in San Antonio?

Supposedly, when I visit in March, i must eat some. As i understand it, Pan Dulce is a form of sweetened french bread made hundereds of different ways, correct?

Anyways, where is the must visit Mexican Bakery for the best Pan Dulce in town??

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  1. I find it very interesting that no one has responded to this, on a board where so many topics engender such enthusiastic discussion.

    Personally, I love Mexican panes dulces and, no matter where I am, seek out a good Mexican bakery. I'm living over in Houston now, so have no knowledge of San Antonio, and can't be of help to Raboi.

    But it's been my observation, anyway, that most norteamericanos are not fans. I've had people tell me that Mexican pastries seem dry. Some people say that they're "too sweet," while others complain that they're "not sweet enough and have no flavor."

    One of the main reasons why I like them so much is that they do have a nice crumb, and are not so sickeningly sweet as some pastries. I personally don't like really sweet things as a rule and, for example, don't much care for cinnabon, and can't stand "mall cookies" for that very reason. They are just so sweet.

    I will say that, in my world anyway, Mexican panes dulces are best when eaten with a beverage - hot chocolate, strong coffee, hot tea, cold milk, etc. - but something. They are a little dry to just eat on their own.

    But I'm wondering if no one has responded to this topic because most of you chowhounders out there don't much like these sweet Mexican breads.


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      1. re: Raboi

        Hi Raboi.....I can't answer you as far as stand alone bakeries in San Antonio. But, I susupect that all the MX grocery stores in SA will have a bakery section that will include plenty of pan dulce. I suspect that pan dulce is an acquired taste.......if there are two bakeries side by side, one french and one Mexican, then in most of North America, folks are going to hit the French bakery. It has taken me a while, but I really enjoy pan dulce, as Jaymes pointed out, it is good because it isn't so sweet. Pan dulce and an espresso is a great way to start a morning. Hope you enjoy your trip to San Antonio.

    1. It's been awhile since I've been but I like Bedoy's Bakery (Panaderia). I've tried only a few places in SA (I live in Houston) but this is my favorite so far. It's not in the tourist area. If you want one closer to the Riverwalk there's Mi Tierra but I don't think it's as good. Try a variety. In my family we eat them with Mexican hot chocolate or with coffee and cream.

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      1. re: tlegray

        El Sol Bakery on Presa might have pan dulce. Also, as had been mentioned the bakery at Mi Tierra -which really is worth a visit as the baked goods make a great display.

      2. D J 's Bakery on Blanco is my favorite, always fresh, never dry.