This Cuban bread recipe can be used for more than Cuban sandwiches! What a delicious soft bread! This recipe is so easy to make! There is a lot of time that the dough has to rise so pre-planning is necessary. But it is so worth it! What a delicious soft bread recipe! Pan Cubano!
The starter is made up of just yeast, flour, and water. Remember this needs to be mixed and put in the fridge overnight. This mixture helps to get the dough going when mixed in! The mixture goes together in seconds. It is no effort at all!
Mixing the dough for the Cuban bread recipe
After proving the packet of yeast, mix in the butter and one cup of flour until well incorporated.A post for measuring dough is here. Next, mix in the starter that you had in the fridge overnight with 1-1/2 cups of flour. This will leave you with 1/2 cup of flour. The dough will be sticky and soft before you start putting any of the last 1/2 cup of flour. I have usually put in all of the 1/2 cup of flour at the end. Form the dough into a ball after adding the ingredients. Place dough in an oiled bowl and oil the top of the dough. Let the dough rise for two hours. The dough should double in size.
Forming the dough
Forming the dough is not difficult. After the dough has risen, cut the dough in two. Form two roughly 5 x 14 inch rectangles. Then roll the dough into a 14 inch log. Crimp the edge of the roll is sealed. Then press the dough into another 5 x 14 inch rectangle. The rectangle should be about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Place the 2 rectangles on their own baking tray lined with parchment and sprinkled with corn meal. Cover with a dry tea towel and let rise for 2 hours in a warm place.
Baking the dough
Hang in there! Almost done! After the rectangles have risen, use a sharp knife to cut a 1/4 inch deep slice down the top of the rectangle. Next spray the loaves with a bit of water to help form the crust.
Bake the bread at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes more. After baking let the loaves cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into them.
The Cuban bread recipe is a long one but so worth it! Enjoy!
- ½ teaspoon dry active yeast
- ½ cup of water
- ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour divided
- ¾ cup of warm water
- 1 package of dry active yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil or other neutral oil
- 1 tablespoon or more of cornmeal
For the starter
- Mix the starter ingredients together until combined.
- Store in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight.
For the dough
- Combine the packet of yeast, warm water, and sugar in a bowl and let set for 7-10 minutes to prove yeast. The yeast should get foamy and bubbly.
- Next add the butter or lard, salt, and one cup of the flour. Mix until combined. The mixture should form a ball or something resembling one.
- Add the starter and 1 ½ cups of the remaining flour. (Reserving the last ½ cup of flour) and incorporate into the mixture.
- The dough should be sticky at this point. Add the remaining ½ cup of flour as needed.
- Coat the bottom of a bowl and the ball of dough with a teaspoon of oil. Place the ball of dough in the bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let rise in a warm spot for two hours. The dough should double in size.
- After the dough has risen, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough in two.
- Form dough into roughly two 5 x 14 inch rectangles. Roll the two rectangles into roughly two 14 inch logs and pinch the edge of the roll to seal the dough.
- Sprinkle the cornflour onto two parchment covered baking trays.
- Next press the logs down to another 5 x 14 inch rectangle and place one on each baking tray. Sprinkle a light coating of flour on each rectangle of dough.
- Cover the baking trays with clean tea towels and let rise for two hours.
- With a sharp knife, slice the top of the risen dough ¼ inch deep down the center of the loaf. Spray each loaf with a bit of water.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Rotate baking trays top to bottom and bake for 10-15 minutes more.
- Let the dough cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into them.