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12-14-2019, 03:03 PM
I saw this YouTube video on Cuban Sandwiches posted by America's Test Kitchen a few days ago (look for Test Cook Episode 6) and thought I'd give the Cuban Bread a try.

No prep pictures of the bread, I wasn't planning on posting this but it turned out quite well. I made the Sponge (yeast, flour, water) yesterday afternoon, kept it in the fridge overnight. This morning I let it sit out for a while to come to room temp. In the meantime I gathered the ingredients, broke out the KitchenAid stand mixer and prepared the dough.

It was a little stickier than in the video but a touch more flour remedied that. I formed the 2 loaves, let them rest and baked them in a 450 F oven. They're baked covered for 20 minutes using an aluminum disposable pan as the cover, then baked uncovered for another 10-12 minutes. Internal final temp is 210 which these reached.

At this point I snapped a few pics of the finished loaves -

https://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l50/lunchman77/Grilling/IMG_20191214_143540285_zps2uthxqzz.jpg (http://s93.photobucket.com/user/lunchman77/media/Grilling/IMG_20191214_143540285_zps2uthxqzz.jpg.html)

https://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l50/lunchman77/Grilling/IMG_20191214_151835722_zpsimzksaru.jpg (http://s93.photobucket.com/user/lunchman77/media/Grilling/IMG_20191214_151835722_zpsimzksaru.jpg.html)

I've made no knead bread out on the Kamados, but never really attempted to make anything other than that. This turned out looking quite good.

Now, I wasn't making Cuban Sandwiches, but I do have leftover Brisket from yesterday's lunch. Warming in the Lodge skillet -

https://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l50/lunchman77/Grilling/IMG_20191214_151852579_zpsw5hnwpyd.jpg (http://s93.photobucket.com/user/lunchman77/media/Grilling/IMG_20191214_151852579_zpsw5hnwpyd.jpg.html)

One loaf cut in half and sliced, ready to make a sandwich -

https://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l50/lunchman77/Grilling/IMG_20191214_151904866_zps2fgyecpb.jpg (http://s93.photobucket.com/user/lunchman77/media/Grilling/IMG_20191214_151904866_zps2fgyecpb.jpg.html)

Topped with Swiss and a side of Jus -

https://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l50/lunchman77/Grilling/IMG_20191214_151927609_zps2nlqyzlh.jpg (http://s93.photobucket.com/user/lunchman77/media/Grilling/IMG_20191214_151927609_zps2nlqyzlh.jpg.html)

https://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l50/lunchman77/Grilling/IMG_20191214_152007258_zpseyjregyp.jpg (http://s93.photobucket.com/user/lunchman77/media/Grilling/IMG_20191214_152007258_zpseyjregyp.jpg.html)

Definitely a great lunch -

https://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l50/lunchman77/Grilling/20191214_150048_zpsihjkm7lz.jpg (http://s93.photobucket.com/user/lunchman77/media/Grilling/20191214_150048_zpsihjkm7lz.jpg.html)

I could have pressed these as in a Panini, but hunger prevented that. :mrgreen:

This recipe is a keeper and I'll be making these again!

Thanks for checking out this post.


12-14-2019, 03:53 PM
Nailed it!

Big George's BBQ
12-14-2019, 04:05 PM

12-14-2019, 04:08 PM
Both the bread and that sammich look fantastic!

Nicely done, Dom!

12-14-2019, 04:11 PM
You sir are on a roll like always. :thumb: Awesome!!

12-14-2019, 04:12 PM
You sir are on a roll...

I see what you did there. :roll: :tsk:

12-14-2019, 04:43 PM
Looks great Dom.

12-14-2019, 05:50 PM
OUTSTANDING!!! :thumb:

Smoking Piney
12-14-2019, 06:19 PM
I'm in! :thumb:

12-14-2019, 06:26 PM
Everything is better when home baked bread is involved. Nice work there.

12-14-2019, 06:31 PM
Nice work.

12-14-2019, 08:16 PM
Yeah, Cubans are my favorite sammy.

Way to go.

12-16-2019, 09:40 AM
Gotta try it...thanks for the inspiration Dom.

For those wanting the recipe watch episode six for the final. Here is a link to just the recipe.

https://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/12269-cuban-bread?sqn=7jvMB5FrrG2DNUsxXycHcxXe4TkR81b4tzAPkNTr ryA%3D%0A

Sid Post
12-16-2019, 11:33 AM
That looks really good!

12-16-2019, 12:44 PM
Looks delicious Dom!

creek bottom
12-16-2019, 12:46 PM
Fantastic!!! Looks delicious!!!

12-16-2019, 12:49 PM
Looks great!
I made pulled pork earlier this week and smoked a home cured butt to make cubans for tomorrow. Guess I'll try this bread too now! Was it crispy crusty on the outside and light inside?

12-16-2019, 01:43 PM
Love homemade bread. That looks great.

BBQ Bacon
12-16-2019, 02:46 PM
Well done. Can't beat home made bread.

12-16-2019, 03:11 PM
Looks great!
I made pulled pork earlier this week and smoked a home cured butt to make cubans for tomorrow. Guess I'll try this bread too now! Was it crispy crusty on the outside and light inside?

Yep, a very thin, yet crispy crust and very airy and light inside. Just a perfect sandwich bread.

I did have to buy lard, which I haven't had in the pantry for quite some time. A trip down the Goya aisle did the trick. I'll most likely use it on the Blackstone griddle once in a while in place of evoo.

I did find a Chef John recipe which was slightly different but not by much. He spritzed the dough with water before baking but didn't make use of a cover. Either way, Cuban bread is on my recipes to keep list. Next time I'll make a proper Cuban sandwich.

12-17-2019, 06:53 AM
Homerun! That sandwich was spot on!