bread baking for lazy people like me

This is the fastest, easiest, and as a bonus, possibly the cheapest bread you can make. My kids have helped me make this and they have the attention span of a gnat. It’s just that fast. And I’m lazy, so you know it has to be easy if I make it. The hardest part is the kneading, but I actually enjoy it. Its therapeutic.

With this recipe you can have two small rustic looking loaves in an hour and 15 minutes. It’s delicious warm with dinner, but also makes excellent sandwiches the next day.

I learned how to make bread when I was 12. My 4-H teachers would probably shake their heads at how easy this bread is to make.

I adapted the recipe slightly from one in The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyzyn. We use less yeast than the original recipe – it tastes better and the bread still rises just as much.

Cuban Bread

  • 5-6 cups all purpose flour (you can substitute whole wheat for 1-2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 cups hot water (120-130 degrees)
  • 1 tbsp sesame or poppy seeds (optional)

Mix 4 cups of flour with yeast, sugar and salt. Pour in hot water and beat for ~100 strokes (or 3 minutes with a mixer). Stir in remaining flour until dough is no longer sticky. Knead dough for 8 minutes.

Place dough in greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and let rise for 15 minutes (you might be tempted to let it rise longer, thinking it’ll be even better, but it really makes no difference in the end. 15 minutes or an hour and a half, the dough turns out the same).

Punch down and divide into 2 pieces. Shape into 2 round loaves and place on a baking sheet. Cut an X ½ inch deep on the top with a sharp knife. Brush with water and sprinkle with seeds.

Place on the middle shelf of a COLD oven. Place a cake pan of hot water on the lowest shelf. Heat oven to 400F. Bake 40-50 minutes until golden brown.

Linking to The Delectable Home, This Chick Cooks, Farmgirl Friday, A Pinch of Joy, GNOWFGLINS, Mind Body and Sole

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28 thoughts on “bread baking for lazy people like me

  1. sj says:

    Love this! Will have to give it a try sometime. I used to bake bread all the time when I was in high school, but haven’t in YEARS!

  2. And me. I plan on trying to make this in the bread maker. How’s that for lazy? ha! :)

  3. Sherry says:

    Oh a fellow 4-H-er! Soooo glad my mom made me go to those meetings when I was being an obstinate teenager! I’m passing this recipe onto a friend looking for a good bread recipe. Thank you!

  4. This looks easy and good. I’ll have to try it!

  5. I’m not only lazy, but I’m also a complete failure at any bread that does not involved a bread machine. I’ll have to put this to the ultimate test (or I may try the breadmaker like Jennifer) :) Thanks for linking up!

  6. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my post Images of Ireland. I’m so glad you did because that’s how I found your blog. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’ve pinned it.

  7. Janet says:

    This looks great! I’ve spent the week with a borrowed mixer making my dad’s amazing white bread, French bread (incredibly easy—no kneading! See The Joy of Cooking recipe), and today is wheat bread. Methinks tomorrow will be cuban bread! I don’t like too much yeasty flavor either, so I’ll be giving the reduced yeast trick a try with several recipes. Thanks!

  8. Danielle says:

    Hi I was gonna try to make this bread, which I haven’t made bread in years. I’m just wondering what kind of sugar does it have to be, could it even be honey?

  9. Foy Update says:

    Just made the bread to go with some veggies and hummus. Delicious! Why is it called Cuban Bread?

  10. acatsews says:

    I’m so looking forward to making this bread tomorrow. Do you knead yours by hand? I am tempted to leave it in my stand mixer…

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