I was too young when we moved to the States to remember this, but according to my parents, pan de jamón hits the Venezuelan panaderias (bakeries) on the 1st of December, then disappears for the year on January 1st. This festive bread rolled with ham, olives and raisins is one of our Christmas staples. We have pan de jamón throughout the month of December and as part of Christmas dinner. The Alvarezes bake off two on Christmas Eve: one for snacking on during the day and one for dinner. We’ve made the mistake of only cooking one and ended up pan-de-jamón-less at night. Don’t make this same error. Buen provecho!