Cuban Bread

CUBAN BREAD

 Did you know the long indentation in the top of Cuban loaves is made by laying palm fronds on top of the loaves. This top “dent” is for decoration and authenticity.
But if you’re like me I don’t have access to fresh palm fronds so a slash of a lame or razor will have to do.

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This recipe makes 2 loaves traditional loaves of Cuban bread.
With a crispy crust bread with a soft, evenly textured crumb.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup lard, Crisco or spectrum shortening (I used spectrum shortening as a healthier choice and the loaves turned out great).

 

 Add the yeast, honey, and water to a mixing bowl fitted with a dough hook. Let the yeast get foamy and active then add all the flour to the bowl.

Melt the lard in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the lard to the bowl.

Mix on low-speed for a few minutes until the flour is wet then turn your mixer up to medium speed.  Let the dough knead for 6 to 10 minutes.

Gather the dough into a ball lifting it out of the bowl. Spray the bowl with cooking spray. Put the dough back in the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 1/2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Using a bench knife or spatula cut the dough into 2 pieces. Roll into a 12 x 8 rectangle.

Roll the rectangle from the long side into a tight cylinder. Seal edges by pinching the edge of the dough. Place on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Cover loosely with plastic and let rise until doubled about 1 hour.

While the loaves rise preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  • 2 tablespoons warm water (to brush on loaves before baking)

Brush water on top of the loaves. Using a lame, sharp knife or razor blade cut 2 slits lengthwise on the top of each loaf.

Bake for about 16 to 20 minutes

The loaves will be a golden brown and will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom of the loaf.

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Let the loaves cool completely then slice in half lengthwise for a proper Cuban sandwich.

Enjoy,

 

 

Lury

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