Nerdie Foodie: Día de Muertos

Welcome back Nerdie Foodies! Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead week was in full swing this week. To finish things off, let’s check out some amazing food that one might have on the ofrenda (altar).


How can one go wrong with churros? Fried and coated in sugar and cinnamon, Heidi Guzman from Mommy is a Chef shows us how to make homemade churros! Check out the video below!

Pan de Muerto

Lizzy, from Desde Mi Cocina, shows us how to make pan de muerto two ways: in cupcake form and in the traditional bread as well! And not to worry, if your Spanish is sub-par to non-existent like mine, Lizzy has the translated all the ingredients and steps into English subtitles in her video. Check it out below!

Dulce de Leche

Now if you love sweets, you would want to pay attention to these next two videos. Dulce de Leche, it’s very caramel-y. In this first video, Diana (from Sweet y Salado) shows us how to make a Colombian style dulce de leche called arequipe using whole milk. Check out this sauce-y video below!

If you have lactose/dairy allergies, Melissa Clark from The New York Times shows us how to make a dulce de leche with coconut milk instead! Instead of making this more sauce like, she turns it into more of a pudding topped with some baked pineapple chunks. Check out the video below!

Tres Leches

Consumed either as a flan or a cake, we found both! Alia from Cooking With Alia shows us how to make a Mexican tres leches flan that has no flour in it what so ever! Check out the recipe below!

If you’re more of a cake person, Diana from Sweet y Salado shows us how to make a chocolate tres leches cake with frosting and all! Check it out below!

And if you’re more of the portable food kind of person, Ania Castro shows us how to make tres leches cupcakes! Check out this cute cupcake recipe below!

Cookies and Candy

Although not super traditional, but none the less super cute and artsy are the sugar skulls! Hani (from Haniela’s) shows us how to make sugar skull sugar cookies and decorate them with royal icing. Check out the tutorial below!

Elise from My Cupcake Addiction shows us how to make sugar skulls out of chocolate! They even have glowing eyes. Just sayin’. Check it out below!


And finally, to top it all off, nothing says celebration like a thick, yummy drink that has chocolate in it, in this case a mug of champurrado! The folks over at Tastemade show us how to make some right in our own kitchens. Check it out below!

There you have it! I hope it gives you some ideas for Día de Muertos for your ofrenda!

‘Til next time,

Stay nerdalicious!


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