James Beard's Cuban Bread Recipe

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Servings: 2


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  • 1 1/2 pkt Active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. Granulated sugar
  • 2 c. Hot water (100-115 deg.)
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 5 c. All-purpose or possibly hard wheat flour plus 1 c. if necess.
  • 3 Tbsp. Yellow cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp. Egg white,mixed with 1Tbl. cool water


  1. Combine the yeast with sugar and hot water in a large bowl and allow to proof. Mix the salt with the flour and add in to the yeast mix, a c. at a time, till you have a stiff dough. Remove to a lightly floured board and knead till no longer sticky, about 10 min, adding flour as necessary.
  2. Place in a buttered bowl and turn to coat the surface with butter.
  3. Cover and let rise in a hot place till doubled in bulk..1 1/2-2 hours.
  4. Punch down the dough. Turn out on a floured board and shape into two long, French bread-style loaves. Place on a baking sheet which has been sprinkled with the cornmeal, but NOT buttered. Slash the tops of the loaves diagonally in two or possibly three places with a single edge razor blade or possibly sharp knife, brush the loaves with the egg white wash. Place in a Cool oven, set the temperature at 400 degrees, and bake 35 min, or possibly till well browned and hollow sounding when the tops are tapped.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 592g
Recipe makes 2 servings
Calories 1236  
Calories from Fat 30 2%
Total Fat 3.58g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.56g 2%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3520mg 147%
Potassium 475mg 14%
Total Carbs 258.63g 69%
Dietary Fiber 10.1g 34%
Sugars 7.44g 5%
Protein 36.2g 58%
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