Julia learned the art of making bread from her mother-in-law. It’s a family tradition that has long been part of her husband’s family, and Julia is happy to keep it going. But for this Honduran family, baking bread isn’t just about keeping a tradition alive. It’s about moving the family forward in life.
Julia used the skills she learned from her mother-in-law to start her own business. She sells different types of bread locally to support her family. Her daughter Ondina is sponsored through Unbound in Honduras. Through the support of sponsorship, Ondina and her family are able to pay for school fees and other basic needs. Julia also participates in a mothers group through Unbound, which has built her confidence and allowed her to pass that confidence on to others.
“Well, I told [the mothers] that we women have a thousand ways to get ahead,” Julia said. “We have to seize every opportunity that life offers us, to learn trades and put them in place.”
Since joining Unbound three years ago, Julia has made strong connections with program staff and the other mothers. She is grateful for the opportunities that have opened up for her family.
“[Being part of Unbound] has been a positive impact because I found a path to move forward,” Julia said. “Now my children are motivated to attend school.
“I would like to motivate all the families to work together. As a family we can motivate our children to stay in school and, of course, to learn a trade that will provide an income.”
Try one of Julia’s family recipes below!
Pan de Cachito (Horn-shaped dessert bread)
3 1/3 cups flour
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoonful of yeast
1 cup milk
5 tbsp. butter, softened
Cinnamon sticks, ground, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 F.
First you mix the flour, 2/3 cup of sugar, yeast, milk and butter.
Tip: You can mix the ingredients using your hands or using an electric mixer.
When you have mixed of all the ingredients, start making little balls with the dough.
Mix the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and the cinnamon sticks. (You can use a wooden roller to grind the cinnamon.)
Stretch the balls of dough using your hands or a rolling pin. Try to keep them in the shape of a circle. Stretch until you have a thin layer.
Put the sugar and cinnamon mixture in the center of the circle.
Using your hands, roll the dough into a tube. Curve both ends toward each other to give it a slightly curved shape. With a knife, make a few cuts along the edge of the dough to give it a better shape.
Place on a greased cookie sheet and let rest for an hour until the dough rises.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and enjoy.