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Cuban Bread

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • ----------------------------------STARTER----------------------------------
  • 3/4 ts Yeast
  • 1/3 c Water
  • 1/3 c Bread Flour


4 1/2 ts Yeast
1 tb Sugar
1 1/2 c Water
4 tb Solid Shortening
1/2 Starter Batch
1 tb Salt
5 c Bread Flour

Prepare the starter. The day before you plan on baking, dissolve the
yeast in the water in a small mixing. bowl. Stir in the flour to
obtain a thick paste. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the
starter ripen for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Leftover starter
will keep for several days in the refrigerator and can be frozen.

Make the dough: Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 3 tablespoons water
in a large mixing bowl. When the mixture is foamy (5 to 10 minutes),
stir in the lard, the remaining water and the 1/2 batch of starter.
Mix well with your fingers or a wooden spoon. Stir in the salt and
the flour, 1 cup at a time, to obtain a dough that is stiff enough to
pull away from the sides of the bowl, but soft enough to knead. The
dough can also be mixed and kneaded in a mixer fitted with a dough
hook or in a food processor fitted with the dough blade.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until
smooth, 6 to 8 minutes, adding flour as necessary. The dough should
be pliable, but not sticky.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a
warm draft free spot until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Punch
down the dough.

Form the loaves: Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each
to to form a 14 inch long tube. Divide the tubes between 2 baking
sheets with 6 inches space between and let rise in a warm place until
doubles in bulk, about 1 hour. (The dough can be allowed to rise at
a lower temperature, even in the refrigerator, but the rising time
will be 3 to 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Lay a dampened piece of thick kitchen string or twine about 1/8"
thick on top of each loaf, running the length of the loaf. Bake
until the breads are light browned on top and sound hollow when light
tapped, about 30 minutes. Let the loaves cool slightly and remove
the strings. Transfer the breads onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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