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Incredible Cuban Bread

Incredible Cuban Bread created by Zimply add water

This is a slight adaption of a recipe from Amy Dacyczyn's "The Complete Tightwad Gazette." We lived on this bread when my son was little as we could not afford to buy regular sliced bread. We often make 12 rolls instead of the 2 loaves. This is wonderful bread!

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1hr 15mins
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  • Mix the 2 cups whole wheat and 2 cups of the white flour together.
  • Add the yeast, the sugar, and the salt.
  • Pour in the hot water and beat for 100 strokes (or 3 minutes with a mixer).
  • Stir in the rest of the flour until it is no longer sticky.
  • Knead it for 8 minutes.
  • Put the dough in a metal bowl that you have sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Cover it with a damp towel.
  • Let it rise for 15 minutes.
  • Punch it down.
  • Divide it into 2 pieces.
  • Shape each piece into a round loaf and put them on a baking sheet that you have sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Cut an x in the top of each loaf.
  • If you want you can brush the top with water and put sesame seeds or poppy seeds on top.
  • Put the pan on the middle rack of a cold oven.
  • Put a pan of boiling water on the bottom shelf.
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Bake the bread for 40-50 minutes or until it is deep golden brown.
  • **Ifyou want to use your food processor, put all the dry into the bowl.
  • Turn it on and slowly add the water until the dough forms a ball.
  • Let it spin 20 times.
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"This is a slight adaption of a recipe from Amy Dacyczyn's "The Complete Tightwad Gazette." We lived on this bread when my son was little as we could not afford to buy regular sliced bread. We often make 12 rolls instead of the 2 loaves. This is wonderful bread!"
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  1. Rachel L.
    I used this recipe a lot as a kid when cooking for my family of 11. I lost the recipe and found it again today. I can't believe how quick and easy it is. It's especially perfect to be served with soup or if you just need to fill out a meal.
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  2. mle234
    These are ok but not spectacular. I let it rise a lot more than the recipe said, 3 rises (1.5h, 1h, 15min.) but the bread was still very dense. I would have liked a more airy bread considering all the yeast it used. I probably won't make it again.
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  3. Cat Berner
    I really liked how easy this bread was to make, and the dense, chewy texture of it was perfect for sandwiches. I don't think it would be something I'd make regularly since the basic wheat bread recipe I normally make uses less yeast and yields more bread overall(hence more bang for my buck), but it was nice to try something a little different.
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  4. evewitch
    I can't believe how fast this went. I also like the idea of starting it in a cold oven to save electricity. The flavor was good and well rounded. I messed the crust up because I forgot the pan of water. Mine didn't rise as high in the oven, but it was probably because I subbed one cup of white flour with spelt (I'm trying to use it up) and it is lower gluten. The only thing that would make this better is if I could figure out how to make it 100% whole wheat, but I can see myself making it often.
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  5. evewitch
    I can't believe how fast this went. I also like the idea of starting it in a cold oven to save electricity. The flavor was good and well rounded. I messed the crust up because I forgot the pan of water. Mine didn't rise as high in the oven, but it was probably because I subbed one cup of white flour with spelt (I'm trying to use it up) and it is lower gluten. The only thing that would make this better is if I could figure out how to make it 100% whole wheat, but I can see myself making it often.
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