Sweet Molletes - Molletes Dulces

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Sweet molletes recipe - molletes dulces receta

In Mexico, in addition to the savory Molletes that are covered with refried beans and melted cheese, we also have a buttery, sweet version: "Molletes Dulces". ("Molletes Dulces" means "sweet molletes"; it is also worth mentioning that there is a specific sweet bread in the state of Puebla that is also called "mollete".) In this recipe, we will be making the sweet version.

Growing up with 3 brothers and 4 sisters, I saw how my mom would always find ways to stretch my father's paycheck to feed us 8 children. It wasn't easy, and sometimes we didn't have enough milk for all of us to have breakfast before heading off to school. What she would do is give each of us a cup of coffee or tea with a little bit of milk. And although Mexican sweet breads are popular for breakfast, there were days when we could not afford them, so my mom, as many mothers also did, would instead buy French bread and make these sweet molletes for us.
Even though those were tough times, I still make sweet molletes to this day. In fact, every single Sunday my husband and I have coffee and sweet molletes in bed, and it's our weekend treat.

Today I'm sharing this simple recipe with you because, for the second time, I have partnered with Tom Thumb's Foundation to promote the September campaign for "Hunger Is". This year, they're focusing on expanding breakfast programs for kids, so they can have a healthy start to their day. Nearly half (about 10 million) of all eligible children in our country do not receive free or reduced price school breakfast, and 3 out of 5 K-8 public school teachers report regularly seeing students coming to school hungry. As someone who has volunteered in local schools and non-profits that provide food to the needy, I can personally tell you that there are people in our communities that need help.

You, too, can help by shopping at your local Tom Thumb stores and purchasing the products from the list at the bottom of this post. The purchase of any of these items in September 2016 will trigger at least $0.10 donations, up to $1 million. In addition, you can make contributions of any amount at the cash register; all of these donations will be donated back to the local markets through their 501(c)3 Foundation.

Enjoy the recipe!

  • 3 pieces of French bread (3-in long), or three French dinner rolls
  • 3 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 teaspoon of sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
Sweet molletes recipe - molletes dulces receta

  • You can use other types of breads, but try to use bread that has a closed crumb, those types of breads that are dense but still have a soft crust, where the butter is easier to spread. Rustic breads tend to have a hard crust and an open (airy holes) crumb.
  • If you need to make a large batch, use the oven, or even your broiler. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees and place the already sliced bread on a baking sheet. Once it is toasted, spread the butter.
Sweet molletes recipe - molletes dulces receta

1. Cut the bread pieces lengthwise.
2. Heat a griddle to medium heat and place the bread pieces upside down to toast.
3. Toast the bread for about 3- 4 minutes, being careful not to burn it, then turn them.
4. While the bottom of the bread is toasting, carefully spread the butter on the top. You can also spread the butter after they are completely toasted.
5. Remove from griddle, and dust with sugar. Serve with a glass of milk or a warm cup of coffee. Enjoy!

Sweet molletes recipe - molletes dulces receta

Mely Martinez

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  1. I love this post... it's heart warming. Thank you for sharing .. I think I will make these with some warm arroz con leche. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Hello Sylvia,
      Thank you for your kind comment, I'm pretty sure it will pair well with arroz con leche. My mom also serves oatmeal with these molletes. The children in our family don't know any other way to eat oatmeal, than with a crusty warm buttered piece of bread. They think everyone else eat molletes with their oatmeal. :)

  2. Definitely have to try this.

  3. We had these a lot growing up, but I never knew there was a name for it.

  4. Mely, reading this made my day. I love your story of how your mother managed on a tight budget with her large family. Thank you for sharing.


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