Friday, November 13, 2009

Crusty Cuban Bread

This comes from my very first bread machine cookbook, by Donna Rathmell German. You remember it, the one that's falling apart. The way I see it, the book is just handier this way. You just pick a page and take it with you (at least, if it's one of the first 30 or so).

1-1/2 cups water
4 cups flour
4 tsp gluten powder

2 tsp sugar
4 tsp salt
3 or 6 tsp yeast

Use 3 teaspoons yeast if you have plenty of time, or 6 tsp if you want your bread in an hour. Dissolve the yeast in the water, then follow your bread machine's instructions, or the ones I've written, accessed by that link over there ------------>
I formed this bread into 2 small round loaves. Mark was delighted by the wedges of bread. I doubt anyone noticed.

My dearly beloved really adores this bread. He even wanted it used for his toast this morning. As for me, well, I find it just too salty. Most of the boys really enjoy this one, too, so your salt taste buds will have to be the judge on this one!

Ryan is finally up and about; the prescriptions the doctor gave him for the flu (regular, not H1N1, so Patrick will have to stop oinking at him) have finally kicked in. Thor is happy, because both of his boys will now play with him and feed him. There may even be some romping in store for this weekend, if the sunshine holds up. I'm starting Thanksgiving menu planning this weekend. How about you? Excitement?


Channon said...

I'd probably like it then... I like salty-ish breads...

Glad Ryan is feeling better. Our swined employee re-surfaced this morning and claims he's all better and will report to work on Monday. I appreciate his absence from work, I truly do!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm glad Ryan is better. Dude, if you put some ham and mayo and mustard on this with some cheese...oh mama. It'd be amazing.

TavoLini said...

Looks great! I like saltier foods--this looks like a good bread to try. :)

Just read your comment about the white whole wheat--I haven't tried that! Does it rise pretty easily--or is it denser, like regular whole wheat flour?

Pam said...

I would love this bread because I love salt.

I am so glad Ryan is feeling better - Thor must be thrilled.

Anonymous said...

Sigh.........I could live at your house!

Lynda said...

This looks delicious..nothings better than homemade bread!

Mickle in NZ said...

Great looking crust,I'm sure you can tweak the amount of salt to please almost all.

Relieved that Ryan is on the mend - I recommend that Ryan grows as very much taller than Patrick as he possible can. Then he'll have fun with his "little" big brother. At only 13 1/2 your Ryan is well on the way with this (Jeff had better watch out too,lol)

I'm not sure about cooking books, but my dear Dad is on his third breadmaker, having worn out the previous two. And most of the time he is only baking for himself and dear Mum!

huggles for you and darling Thor, Michelle and a purring Zebby

buffalodick said...

Looks great.. I think I have the 3rd or 4th book- and no bread machine anymore!

noble pig said...

Glad he's feeling better and I love the crust on that bread, looks great!

Pam said...

Hey that was my first bread machine book too! I have 3 volumes of it.

Sue said...

My Heart Society cookbook is held together with rubber bands. I guess that just shows how well loved it is.

Paula said...

Glad that Ryan is feeling better. I love the wedge cut on this bread! I prefer salty over sweet, so this bread probably would tickle my fancy.