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Out of the wonderful assortment of Pan Dulce, why Conchas?? A question that I’m asked repeatedly since I began my journey baking. As a first generation Mexican American, who was mostly brought up in the north side of Denver CO, a Concha is a symbol of faith, family, work ethic, and often the struggles of social status.
The days of sharing a room with my mom, and feeling her get out of bed before the sun even peeked out of the horizon, play vividly in my mind. Often, I’d lay awake listening to the sounds she’d make in the kitchen. The whistling of the kettle, accompanied by her chanclas, flopping as she rushed to shut the stove off. Trying her best to not wake us, she’d drag the wooden chair against the floor, as she took her place at the table. Then the soft clinking of the spoon against her favorite porcelain coffee mug would again break the silence of the early morning, as she stirred in the usual: Milk, Folgers instant coffee, and sugar. The sound of a crinkling white, paper bag from la Panadería Rosales on 32nd, almost always followed as she pulled out a white Concha from the previous Sunday to enjoy with her coffee, breaking the bun in half before taking her first bite. I still remember laying in bed, listening to her whisper a quiet prayer in gratitude, asking God to equip her with the strength and tools she needed for a long days work ahead.
As far as my Dad, it was very much the same. My memories are of him, in “El Valle,” Texas, at his shop. Where he’d walk in after a long, hard day of work, in his blue uniform shirt and black, ostrich skin boots. Sleeves rolled up, and car grease going all the way up to his elbows. I’d stand near by, peeking over the sink as he’d scrub away at his calloused hands with a heavy duty orange cleaner, never really understanding why the grease stains just “didn’t come off.” He’d slouch down into a chair after dinner and would ask me to pull off his boots before walking back over to his spot at the table. Taking a Concha in one hand and drawing his coffee near with the other as he too Cont. in comments. - 26 days ago