Frugal Food Recipe: Cuban (Cold-Oven) Bread Recipe for Stand Mixer

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When I was a kid, my mom used to make this wonderful “Cuban Bread” in the cold winter because it was “cheap” and faster than most yeast breads.  The original recipe came from the Tightwad Gazette book but I have adapted it to be made in a stand mixer. There is very little hands on time and this makes it so simple for a busy family household.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we have over the many, many years of making it!

Frugal Food Recipe: Cuban (Cold-Oven) Bread Recipe for Stand Mixer
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Very inexpensive, fast and delicious
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 8-12
  • 5-6 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp. dry active yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  1. Add water into the bowl of your stand mixer
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients
  3. Using a paddle attachment, turn on low until everything is incorporated
  4. Turn onto medium-high for approximately 4-5 minutes or until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl
  5. Change paddle attachment to the dough hook
  6. Slowly add flour ⅓ cup at a time until the dough is soft and no longer sticky
  7. Cover bowl with damp kitchen towel and allow to rest 15 minutes
  8. Sprinkle cooking stone with cornmeal
  9. Divide dough into two pieces and shape
  10. Place several deep slashes on top of your dough
  11. Place in cold oven on middle rack
  12. Pour boiling water into a dish below the middle rack
  13. Bake at 400° for 40-50 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.


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