Cuban Bread****

This recipe makes up well on the dough cycle on my bread machine. A single recipe makes one loaf, but the machine capacity can handle a double recipe.

Photo by Roxie B.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3

    cup water

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoon sugar

  • 1

    tablespoon salt

  • 3

    cups bread flour

  • 2 1/2

    teaspoons yeast

Directions

1-Put ingredients into bread machine in order listed. 2-Set machine on dough cycle. 3-Flour counter, take dough out of machine, roll dough out to a 12 x 20-inch rectangle. 4-Roll the dough up into a tightly rolled long cylinder, with a slight taper at both ends. Wet your fingers and pinch the loose flap of the rolled dough into the loaf, making a tight seam. 5-Grease baking sheet and sprinkle slightly with cornmeal. 6-Place the loaf diagonally onto the baking sheet, seam side down. Dust the top with a little extra flour and cover very loosely with plastic wrap. 7-Place in a warm spot and allow the loaf to stand and rise once again, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cuban bread is wider than French bread, so expect your loaf to spread out quite a bit as it rises. 8-Preheat oven to 450* and place a pan full of water on bottom rack. 9-Use a sharp knife to cut a shallow seam down the middle of the top of the bread, leaving about two inches of uncut top on each end of the loaf. 10-Brush the top of the loaf with water and place in your preheated oven on the middle shelf. 11-After about 5 minutes of baking, brush some more water on top of the bread. 12-Bake the loaf until it is light brown and crusty – about 12 to 18 minutes total baking time.

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