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You Asked For It: Cuban bread with help from a bread machine

ELLEN FOLKMAN   |   Special to the Times

ELLEN FOLKMAN | Special to the Times

I am looking for a Cuban bread recipe that starts in a bread machine but bakes in the oven. Thank you.

Joyce Weinreich, Treasure Island

Maggie Stevens from Tampa shares a recipe for Cuban bread that starts in a bread machine. She found the recipe on eHow.com.

The machine does all the heavy lifting and the result is a crusty loaf of bread. My taste testers loved this bread but commented that there was too much salt. I agree. The salt predominates and could probably be scaled back from 1 tablespoon to 1 teaspoon.

As the bread sits it becomes less crusty but still yummy. A few notes about the recipe, in addition to the salt concern. The recipe recommends using King Arthur bread flour. That is what I used. It is what I use for all my bread recipes. It's more expensive but worth it. Don't substitute all-purpose flour or self-rising flour. This dough is a beautiful dough, smooth, soft and elastic. You have two options for baking, a rimmed cookie sheet or a baguette pan. A baguette pan has two rounded sides that better maintains the dough's shape. If you don't have a baguette pan, not to worry. The bread will still taste the same, it just won't look like a true Cuban loaf.

Recipes tested by Times correspondent Ellen Folkman unless otherwise noted. Send requests to You Asked For It, P.O. Box 1159, Crystal Beach, FL 34681 or email youaskedforit@tampabay.rr.com. Please include your name, city and phone number. Phone numbers will not be published.

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Almost Bread Machine Cuban Bread

1 cups water

1 ½ teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon salt (see testing note)

3 cups bread flour (King Arthur preferred)

2 ½ teaspoons (1 packet) yeast

Check your machine's instruction manual and place the items in order recommended for your machine. The yeast should not touch the liquid; dry ingredients should be on top.

Place water in the bread pan, followed by sugar and salt. Next add bread flour and level out to cover liquid. Make a small well in the flour and put the yeast into the well.

Set the machine cycle to "Dough" or "Manual." Rising time is complete when the machine beeps. While machine is working, butter a baking sheet or baguette pan.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. When the machine beeps, remove dough from the bread pan and shape into a long loaf approximately 12 inches long.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. When done, the crust will be lightly brown. Gently tap bread on underside — it should sound hollow. Transfer bread to a cooling rack. Cool 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Times testing note: We found 1 tablespoon of salt made the bread too salty. We recommend 1 teaspoon.

Source: eHow.com

You Asked For It: Cuban bread with help from a bread machine 07/07/14 [Last modified: Monday, July 7, 2014 5:48pm]
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