Cuban Water Bread

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READY IN: 2hrs 25mins
SERVES: 20
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    (1/4 ounce) packages yeast
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • 2
    cups water, lukewarm
  • 6
    cups flour
  • 1
    tablespoon salt
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DIRECTIONS

  • Dissolve yeast, sugar, and salt in 1/2 cup warm water.
  • Add flour to the rest of the warm water. Mix to form a relatively smooth batter. Add yeast mixture. Mix in 4 cups of flour to form stiff dough.
  • Turn out on flat surface and knead, adding flour as necessary to keep from sticking until smooth and elastic.
  • Let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk for 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Divide into 2 balls. Place balls on greased cookie sheet that have been sprinkled with cornmeal or breadcrumbs of whole wheat flour.
  • Cover and let rise for 5 MINUTES ONLY.
  • Boil a pan of water.
  • Cut a fairly deep cross on top of each ball. If desires, brush with cold water and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Place in COLD OVEN. Set oven at 400°F and place a pan of boiling water on floor of oven.
  • Bake 45 minutes.
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