RE: Cuban Bread
Try this-----Cuban Bread
1 scant T. or 1 (1/2 oz.) package active dry yeast
2 C. warm water (105 - 115°F.)
1 t. salt
4 1/2 to 5 1/2 C. unbleached all-purpose flour
In a large bowl, soften the yeast in the water.
Add the salt and 3 cups of the flour. Beat vigorously with a dough whisk or a heavy-handled spoon for 2 minutes.
Gradually add more of the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough forms a mass and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface.
Knead, adding more flour, a little at a time as necessary, about 8 to 10 minutes, or until you have a smooth, elastic dough and blisters begin to develop on the surface.
Put the dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Turn to coat the entire ball of dough with oil. Cover with a tightly woven kitchen towel and let rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface and knead it into a ball. Put the dough on a well-greased baking sheet and flatten it slightly so that is about 3 inches high. Make 3 slits in the top of the loaf, about 1/4 inch deep and 2 inches apart.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a shallow pan and put the pan on the lower shelf of an unheated oven. put the dough on the shelf above, wait 10 minutes, turn the oven to 400°F. Bake the bead for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 200°F.
Immediately remove from the baking sheet and cool on a rack.
(two plump loaves)
5-6 cups bread or all-purpose flour
2 packages dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups hot water (125F)
Sesame or poppy seeds (optional)
grease baking sheet, sprinkle with cornmeal
By hand Place 4 cups flour in a large bowl, add yeast salt, & sugar.
or mixer Stir until well blended. Pour in water, beat 100 strokes, or
(15 min) 3 min with mixers flat beater.
Gradually work in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until dough
Kneading Sprinkle work surface with flour. Work in flour as you knead,
(5 min) keep dusting work surface. Knead for 8 min, until dough is smooth
Or by Use plastic dough blade. Put 2 cups flour in bowl and add other
processor stuff as above. Pulse several times to mix. Add 2 more cups flour.
(5 min) Pulse to blend (remove cover to add flour).
Add remaining flour through feed tube, pulsing after each
addition, until dough is carried around bowl by blade.
Kneading Run machine for 45 seconds.
Rising Put dough in greased, covered bowl for 15 min.
Shaping Punch dough down, turn onto work surface, cut in 2. Shape each
(4 min) into round, place on baking sheet, slash X with razor. Brush
with water and sprinkle with optional seeds (found in the optional
aisle of the supermarket).
Baking Place baking sheet in middle of cold oven. Put a pan of hot water
(45 min) in the shelf below. Turn oven to 400F until loaves are deep golden
brown. Thump the bottom- if they sound hollow, they are done.