Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 31 – Baking

Lili Normand
Expresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts

Do you enjoy baking? I believe every country has a recipe that represents its culture and traditions. In Mexico, sweet bread is part of the culture.
Conchas is a type of Mexican sweet bread that usually pairs well with coffee or milk. Concha means shell. Concha gets its name from its seashell appearance: round and striped shape. This delicious bread is soft and fluffy. There are also other types of sweet bread that are baked only on certain dates to celebrate specific holidays or traditions.
Today you will learn a couple of baking expressions that you can use when preparing your favourite recipes.

Galletas (gah-yeh-tahs)
This is the word for cookies.

Pan Dulce (pahn duhl-seh)
It means sweet bread. In Latin America, it is very common to have some sweet bread during the late afternoon or early evening.

Hornear (ohr-neh-ahr)
This is the verb “to bake.” If you want to say “I am going to bake” you can say “Voy a hornear.”
You can also add the word galletas or pan (bread) to be more specific on what you are going to bake: “Voy a hornear galletas” or “Voy a hornear pan.”

Esta listo (ehs-tah lees-toh)
You want to use this expression when your baking goods are ready. It actually means “It is ready.”

Conchas a Mexican sweet bread, named after concha (shell).

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