Donut Deli
La Panaderia Mexican Bakery

Welcome to Donut Deli -- Breads


Bolillo: This eight-inch-long, football-shaped roll is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, like a French baguette. It's split and topped with refried beans, melted cheese, and salsa to make molletes, and it's often used to make tortas, or sandwiches. When a sauce, such as mole poblano, requires a thickener, stale bread is often called for in the recipe, and bolillos have a neutral flavor that makes them ideal for this purpose.

Cemita: A specialty of Puebla now found across Mexico, this five-inch, round, egg-washed bread topped with sesame seeds is similar to brioche, only drier. In most parts of the country it is just another bread, but in the city of its origin the fluffy roll is beloved as the foundation for the cemita poblana, a sandwich of meat and cheese topped with avocado, onions, chipotles en escabeche, and the pungent herb called papalo.

Telera: Popular in Mexico City, the crust of this ridged, seven-inch roll is softer than that of bolillos, but inside it's firm and dense. A sturdy vessel, it's the bread of choice for making tortas.