Besos (Kisses) – A Mexican Sweet Bread

29 April 2010

Besos (Kisses)
Besos (Kisses) – A Mexican Sweet Bread

I’ve borrowed the recipe to these little Mexican breads, called Besos, from Joseluis Flores’ new cookbook “Dulce: Desserts in the Latin-American Tradition“.    There were some slight adjustments.   Rather than Besos (which means “kisses”), I’m calling my batch Besitos (“little kisses”) because I made them smaller than what was instructed out of personal preference.

Sometimes these Besos are called cookies and then other times referred to as sweet breads.  They were definitely more bread related than a cookie.   The Chef of Dulce accurately describes them as “almost scone like breads”.     They are not donut-like or as sweet as they look.    These tasty little breads are versatile in that you can use your favorite marmalade/jams/preserves, choose to coat them in sugar or not.  They’re perfect to serve for brunch and enjoy with your cup of  java, tea or maybe a cozy mug of Mexican hot chocolate!

Teenie Notes

  • There was an omission of the oven temperature in this recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and baked for 10-13 minutes when using my smallest cookie scoop (3/4 teaspoon) to measure out the dough portions.
  • When incorporating both the wet and dry ingredients together, the directions instruct to mix on medium speed for 15-20 minutes. This was a long time and I worried the batter/dough would get tough.    Cut that mixing time down to 3-5 minutes.
  • When coating the breads, a nice addition could be to add some cinnamon to the granulated sugar that you roll the butter-coated bread in.
  • Used apricot marmalade as the filling for most of the besos. Also tried a cranberry relish.
Besos (or Besitos!)

Makes about 30 breads or 15 sandwiched Besos
(Note: Yield will vary depending on the size you make the breads)

Ingredients

For the breads:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks butter, softened but still firm)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

For the filling and coating:
1 1/2 cups marmalade or jam
1 cup butter, melted (for coating)
2 cups granulated sugar (for coating)

Directions

In the bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and pale yellow. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until combined after each addition.

In another large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and baking powder. Add the flour mixture, 1 cup of water, and the vanilla extract to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Then mix on medium speed until the dough becomes smooth and soft, with a thick, batter-like texture, 15-20 minutes (my results differed – I mixed for a total of 3-5 minutes).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Using a 2-ounce ice cream scoop or a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop half spheres of dough 2 inches apart onto a nonstick baking sheet or line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown (Your time will vary depending on how large your dough spheres are. I used a small cookie scoop that measured 3/4 teaspoon and baked between 10-13 minutes). Let the small breads cool completely.

Spread about 1 tablespoon of marmalade or jam on the bottom-side of one bread.    Place another small bread, flat side against the filling to assemble the beso.    Using a pastry brush, coat the assembled besos with melted butter.    Roll into sugar and , tap off the excess sugar.

Store in an airtight container.

Besos (Kisses) - Mexican Sweet Bread

by Cristina A-Moore

Breads & Quick Breads · Breakfast & Brunch · Cookie Jar · Desserts · Flavors of Mexico

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caroluski May 15, 2013

Okay, so I’m making these today and I noticed that there is yeast as an ingredient
But no instructions on blooming is that what the cup of waters for?
Also, is there a rise time? Do they expand during baking or can I put them fairly
close together? Thank you can’t wait to hear from you : )

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Cristina May 15, 2013

Hi Carol:

You’re combining the dry ingredients (flour, yeast & baking powder) and then adding the water, etc. No need to get the yeast going ahead of time w/the water. Watch the mixing time and baking time as it was trial & error/experimenting with the recipe when I made this (there were omissions and editing issues in the original recipe).

Hope you enjoy these besitos! :)

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abigail-mynappytales March 18, 2012

As I type this comment this lovely besos are baking in my oven. It reminds me so much of the bread (called double-body) I use to enjoy back home in Davao City Philippines.

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Lauren Grier ( @ Grier Mountain) March 28, 2011

These kisses look ah-mazing! I think it would be fun to dips these guys into some Nutella. Okay, my mouth is watering now. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes March 30, 2011

Hi Lauren: Using Nutella as a filling is a great idea! Mmmm – will do next time making these…let me know if you try it =)

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Linda's Yummies May 17, 2010

These look muy delicioso! Only had them once made by a friend and her mom. Elegant photo captures them perfectly.

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Teenie Cakes May 19, 2010

Muchas gracias, Linda! I liked them very much too…they’re great for brunch & w/tea or coffee and I can see how they might become a traditional bread baked during holidays like Alba from “Ingredients of a Woman” mentioned in the comment before.

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Ingredients of a Woman May 12, 2010

I adore Besos, specially from my husband ;-)
My Mom and I always make besos around Christmas time, our recipe is a little bit different.

Love your pictures!

Alba H. Rodriguez

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Teenie Cakes May 19, 2010

That so cute, Alba!

I hadn’t heard of these besos before this recipe in “Dulce” I’m interested in how your Mom makes them too. A future post from you? I’m looking forward to it! =)

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Teenie Cakes May 4, 2010

Thanks all my foodie friends for the nice comments on these Besitos. Please let me know if you give ‘em a try and how you liked ‘em!

xoxo (Besos!) ;)

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Carolyn Jung May 3, 2010

Now, this is my kind of sandwich!
Mmmm, tender cookies smeared with fruity jam. I want a dozen right now.

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Daydreamer Desserts May 2, 2010

They turned out beautiful Tina, love them. Guess I better take that book off my wishlist and into my shopping cart!

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Belinda @zomppa May 2, 2010

Oh, they are adorable! And yummy looking!

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bunkycooks May 1, 2010

These looks so yummy! I am planning a little Cinco de Mayo shindig and may have to add these to the menu.

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sweetlife April 30, 2010

these are so cute, i bet the would be awesome with dulce de leche also…great pics..

sweetlife

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Roti n Rice April 30, 2010

I would love some of these with my tea. Whenever I visit your blog, I have to get my cup of tea ready. Love your little sweet treats :)

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5 Star Foodie April 30, 2010

These are such adorable sweet treats, yummy!

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Miriam/The Winter Guest April 30, 2010

So cute! Had never heard about these besos…

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MaryMoh April 29, 2010

Wow…these look so cute and delicious…like little donuts.

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citronetvanille April 29, 2010

Oh I love those little kisses, and they do look like kisses actually! how cute those are and really tempting with the sugar crystals on the outside. I wish I could have one right now with my tea!

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Elin April 29, 2010

Hi Teenie Cakes,

Great mexican sweet bread ! yum yum thanks for sharing such a delectable sweetness :)

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Sara April 29, 2010

I am making these pronto:)

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Teenie Cakes May 4, 2010

Hey Sara: Please let me know if you give these a try!

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denise @ quickies on the dinner table April 29, 2010

I love how you guys have so many food related celebrations over there – Thanksgiving, St Patricks, Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo just off the top of my head!

These baby sized breads are adorable Cristina! I swear I’d give them each a beso before eating them LOL Love the photos :)

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Teenie Cakes May 4, 2010

LOL! Thanks Denise…you’re adorable! =)

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Liren April 29, 2010

Ay, these besitos are adorable! Que linda! Can’t wait to try these – perfect for Cinco!

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Teenie Cakes April 29, 2010

Thanks Liren – impressive Spanish! =) These besitos are cute and quite tasty…not too sweet.

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Liren April 30, 2010

LOL, that’s all I know (sort of) — it was my mom’s favorite expression (b/c her name was Linda!).

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roxan April 29, 2010

These are so cute! Perfect because cinco de mayo is coming up!

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Teenie Cakes April 29, 2010

Thanks Roxan! =)

I’ll be writing posts the rest of the week & up to Cinco de Mayo related to the festive day next Wednesday!

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