I shared a recipe in the post for a basic sweet dough, that is enriched and very slack, similar to a brioche, as well as links to a few other recipes for conchas. All of them are basically the same, producing a tender, but sturdy, base for the real star of the show—the gloriously crumbly and sweet sugar shell.
I encouraged everybody to experiment with the not only the basic ingredients such as the fat and the sugar, but also the color, flavor, and cutting/forming of the topping. As a concha lover, I dreamed of the legions of submissions that would come rolling in...making me long for a hollow leg and the metabolism of my youth. But it turns out that only three brave souls stepped up to my challenge this month.
So, this roundup is going to be short...but incredibly sweet. Thanks so much to Victoria, Kelly, and Carola for not only taking the challenge—but nailing it! I love the little twists that each of these ladies took in the kitchen. I need (at least) one from each batch for my own enjoyment.
The flavors of chocolate and orange perfume these Orange Chocolate Mexican Conchas by Victoria from My Bread and Brot.
These Conchas by Kelly from A Messy Kitchen have extra cinnamon in the sugar shell!
Carola from Sweet and That's It added some home-milled spelt to her Conchas.
Also, here's the BBBabes Conchas from earlier this month: