Gluten free Mexican bread is sweet and buttery just like brioche. Add some crossbones and you've got yourself a delicious Halloween treat!
Scoop the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel, and allow to rise 1 hour or until double in size, in a warm environment. (I preheated my oven to 170ºF and turned it off.) (Note that the photo shows the bread at the 2 cup mark.)
While the dough is rising, oil an 8-inch spring-form pan; set aside. (My pan actually measured 7-1/2-inches.) (Note that once risen, the photo shows the bread now at the 4 cup mark.)
Remove about 1/3 cup of risen dough, divide into 2 pieces, and set aside. (You'll use these to make the crossbones for the top of the bread.) Freeze the dough 5 minutes or until easily moldable.
Mold the chilled dough into two bone-shaped pieces, narrow in the middle. Place on top of the round dough in the pan to form crossbones.
Set the pan in a warm oven that has been turned off for 40 minutes or until double in size.
Bake the bread for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes of baking, tent the top of your bread with foil to prevent over-browning. (To help prevent aluminum from seeping into your bread, feel free to add a sheet of parchment paper between the bread and the foil.
Set a timer for another 10 minutes. After 10 minutes more of baking, test the bread for doneness. If it doesn't spring back or feel set/baked, bake up to an additional 10 minutes, testing every 5 minutes.
Remove the bread from the oven and baste with additional egg white. Sprinkle the top with coarsely ground sugar and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the bread springs back when lightly touched.
Best if served warm, as it melts the butter iniside which makes the texture nice and soft.
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Instead of topping the bread with sugar, you may serve it with an orange glaze.
To Make the Orange Glaze: Combine 2/3 cup confectioner's sugar, 1/4 cup melted and slightly cooled unsalted butter or margarine, and 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice until creamy. Use as a sauce for your bread. If the glaze sets, stir in additional juice as needed.