I love to make bread. Love it. I am just not crazy about the time it takes and the amount of mess created while making it. This weekend I made Cuban Bread from The Complete Tightwad Gazette and I was delighted to see how quickly it came together.
In about an hour and a half we had lovely fresh bread for dinner.
Check out the recipe.
Cuban Bread 5-6 cups all-purpose flour (you can use 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white) 2 Tbsp dry yeast 2 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp salt(I did not use this much and it was fine) 2 c. hot water (just hot from the tap) 1 T. sesame or poppy seeds or oats( I used Chia seeds) 1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees 2. Mix 4 cups of the flour with the yeast, sugar, and salt. 3. Pour in hot water and beat 100 strokes, or 3 minutes with a mixer. 4. Stir in the remaining flour until the dough is no longer sticky. 5. Knead 8 minutes. 6. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with damp towel.(I greased the bowl with coconut oil) 7. Let rise 15 minutes. 8. Punch down. 9. Divide into 2 pieces, shape into 2 round loaves and place on baking sheet. 10. Cut an X 1/2 inch deep on top with sharp knife. Brush with water and sprinkle with seeds or oats. 11. Bake 40-50 minutes until deep golden brown. I have also seen this recipe online where instead of preheating the oven, the oven is turned on once the dough is placed inside. I have not tried this, but I imagine it would save on electricity $$. Try it out. You will not be sorry. Pretty fancy right? Let me know if you try it and like it!