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Cuban Bread – Bake from Scratch

Cuban Bread

Each Tampa and Miami have lengthy fought to be named the birthplace of pan Cubano, or Cuban bread, and there’s no denying the enchantment of this delectable bread. With a crisp outer crust and extremely comfortable crumb inside, a heat, fresh-baked loaf of Cuban bread is an expertise in and of itself. Nonetheless, when filed along with your favourite sandwich toppings and pressed, this bread reigns supreme.

Cuban Bread

  • Preferment:
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2 grams) instantaneous yeast*
  • ½ cup (120 grams) water, room temperature (70°F/21°C)
  • Dough:
  • 1½ cups (191 grams) bread flour, divided
  • 2½ teaspoons (10 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons (7.5 grams) kosher salt
  • 1¾ teaspoons (5 grams) instantaneous yeast
  • ⅔ cup (160 grams) scorching water (120°F/49°C to 130°F/54°C)
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) lard (see Notes), melted
  • ¾ to 1¼ cups (94 to 157 grams) all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) cornmeal
  • ⅔ cup (160 grams) boiling water
  1. For preferment: In a medium bowl, stir collectively all-purpose flour and yeast. Add ½ cup (120 grams) room temperature water; stir till effectively mixed and no dry spots stay, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Cowl with plastic wrap, and let stand at room temperature for 12 hours. (Combination must be ripe and bubbly.)
  2. For dough: Within the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk collectively ½ cup (64 grams) bread flour, sugar, salt, and yeast till mixed. Add preferment, ⅔ cup (160 grams) scorching water, and melted lard; utilizing the paddle attachment, beat at low pace till effectively mixed, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. With mixer on low pace, progressively add ¾ cup (94 grams) all-purpose flour and remaining 1 cup (127 grams) bread flour, beating simply till mixed.
  3. Change to the dough hook attachment. Beat at low pace till dough is clean, cheesy, elastic, and simply cleans sides of bowl, 8 to 12 minutes; add as much as remaining ½ cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon (8 grams) at a time, if dough is simply too sticky. (Dough ought to cross the windowpane take a look at; see Notes.) Prove dough onto a clear floor, and form right into a ball.
  4. Oil a big bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease high. Cowl and let rise in a heat, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) till doubled in measurement, 35 to 45 minutes.
  5. Punch down dough; cowl and let stand for 10 minutes.
  6. Evenly oil a baking sheet, and sprinkle evenly with cornmeal. (See Notes.)
  7. On a clear floor, divide dough in half. Roll half of dough right into a 14×5-inch rectangle (about ¼ inch thick). (Hold remaining dough lined to stop it from drying out.) Beginning with one lengthy facet, roll up dough, jelly roll model; pinch seam to seal. Roll seam facet down; pinch ends closed, and tuck beneath to create squared ends. Switch dough to ready pan. Gently flatten to ½-inch thickness. Repeat with remaining dough, inserting loaves at the very least 2½ to three inches aside. Cowl and let rise in a heat, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) till puffed and dough holds an indent when poked, 20 to half-hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet on backside oven rack.
  9. Utilizing a pointy knife, razor, or lame, make a ¼-inch-deep rating lengthwise down heart of every loaf. Brush loaves with heat water.
  10. Place baking sheet on heart rack of oven. Utilizing oven mitts, rigorously pour ⅔ cup (160 grams) boiling water into preheated skillet. (This may create a number of steam.) Shortly shut door.
  11. Bake till golden brown and crusty, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pan midway by means of baking and loosely overlaying with foil throughout last 3 to five minutes of baking to stop extra browning. Take away from pan, and let cool utterly on a wire rack.
*We used Platinum® Yeast from Purple Star®.

Notes: Lard is conventional in Cuban bread. This recipe, nonetheless, will nonetheless work utilizing 1 tablespoon (14 grams) refined coconut oil instead of lard, if desired.

To make use of the windowpane take a look at to examine dough for correct gluten growth, calmly flour fingers and pinch off (don’t tear) a small piece of dough. Slowly pull the dough out from the middle. If the dough is prepared, it is possible for you to to stretch it till it’s skinny and translucent like a windowpane. If the dough tears, it’s not fairly prepared. Beat for 1 minute, and take a look at once more.

Watch out to not grease baking sheet utilizing an oil with a smoke level under 400°F (200°C).




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