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My Great-Grammy’s Cuban Bread Recipe

(Photos by me.)

Happy Monday, everyone! Here’s a yummy (and easy) recipe to start your week off with.

My French-Canadian grandmother somehow got her hands on this “Cuban” bread recipe while living in Concord, NM in the 1920’s. Her husband owned a motorcycle shop, and while he was playing with his bikes all day she would paint folk scenes, play the organ, and bake bread. Pity, I never asked her what makes a loaf of bread “Cuban”.

Something about this recipe makes it super-duper easy. If my mom (bless her and her lack of baking genes) can make perfect crusty loaves every time, I promise you that you can too.


1 packet (2 1/2 tsp.) yeast

2 cups warm water

1 1/2 tb. salt

1 tb. sugar

6-9 cups flour

Corn starch


1. Start by dissolving the yeast in the hot water. Mix in sugar and salt.

2. Add flour, one cup at a time until dough is smooth.

3. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until dough is double the size.

4.While dough is rising, sprinkle corn starch on a baking sheet. Fill a teapot full with water, and get a large casserole dish ready and waiting.

5. When dough has risen, turn it out onto a floured surface into two long loaves. (I found that this dough did not need as much kneading as I am used to. Play with it, see what results work well for you.)

6. Place loaves on the corn-starch-sprinkled baking sheet. Turn on the kettle to get the water boiling, and let the loaves rise for five more minutes.

7. When the loaves have risen, serrate the loaves on their tops with a knife, 4-6 slices per loaf. Brush with water.

8. Pour the boiling water in the casserole dish, and place (carefully!!!) on the lower rack in the oven. This will keep your loaves moist while they’re baking. Put the bread on the other rack, and, starting from the cold oven, turn the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius).

9. Bake loaves for about 40 minutes or until outsides are crusty.

Some Notes and Tips:

I used all whole-wheat flour for these loaves, and they didn’t rise as much as I would like. Next time I’m going to try cutting half whole wheat, half white flour, and see how that goes. If you use all-white flour, you should have absolutely no trouble getting these puppies to rise.


Chorizo Empanadas

Happy Boxing Day, everyone! I hope your holiday was wonderful, warm, and yummy. Here’s a recipe I found that you can try out, just in case your pants aren’t stretched enough from the festivities.

These empanadas look SO yummy that I am tempted to undo fifteen years of vegetarianism… Photo and recipe by Linda Makiej. I can’t believe she doesn’t live in New Mexico! What is this?

Chorizo Empanadas


4 cups Flour
2 Eggs
5 tablespoons Vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 cup Milk
1 1/2 pound Chorizo sausage, ground
1 medium Onion, diced
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1/2 cup Salsa
Oil for frying


Place the flour, eggs, shortening, and salt in a food processor bowl. Pulse until well mixed. Add half of the milk and pulse until blended. Add the rest of the milk and pulse until a ball forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Brown the chorizo in a heavy skillet. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is just soft. Drain off any excess fat. Mix in the salsa. Set aside. Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thick on a floured cutting board. Cut out three-inch circles. Place 1 Tablespoon of the chorizo mix in the center of each circle. Fold into a half-circle. Crimp the outer edge with a fork to seal. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet. Add the empanadas and brown lightly on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with Roasted Garlic Dip – below:

Roasted Garlic Dip

3 heads garlic, unpeeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 tablespoon ground black pepper


1.Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
2.Cut off the top of the head of garlic to expose the cloves, trimming about 1/4 inch off of the top of each clove. You may need to trim individual cloves along the sides of the head. Brush the cut cloves with a small amount of olive oil, then nestle the head into a piece of aluminum foil.
3.Bake in the preheated oven until the cloves are tender and nicely browned, about 1 hour. Remove, and allow to cool to room temperature.
4.Once cool, squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins and into a mixing bowl. Mash well with a wire whisk, then add the sour cream, mayonnaise, green onions, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisk until evenly blended, then refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to allow the flavors to blend.

I Dream of Domesticity

It had to happen sometime.

The itch sets in.

The biting of lip, quick movement of eye to the left.

Gotta get my fix. Gotta. Get. Can’t. I NEED A CUP OF COFFEE! No, I just need… my computer. I guess I just couldn’t hold out a blog-addiction virgin forever.

And what did I fall upon that really caught my eye, got me hook line and sinker, made my parade? DOMESTIC BLOGS.

I dream of gray walls, hand-wrapped vintage bead earrings, and “upcycled” (because really, who still RE-cycles?) Ball jars full of wildflowers. I crave the smell of rising bread in the kitchen. I dream of the first knitting project I will someday finish that is not a scarf or anything RESEMBLING a scarf.

What feeds this obsession? Your blogs. And Etsy. That’s all it took. And, in the spirit of a true domestic blogger, if that is indeed what I will become, I will share with you some of my “faves” of the moment. (Note: This will NOT be Halloween themed.)

Ladies and gentlemen, the feminist beast has been tamed, and I fully embrace my inner homemaker goddess.


Cake Stand by whitneysmith


Bare by andrearogers


Vintage Map CUSTOM Sterling Silver Necklaces by AnneHolman


Tub Caddy made of Reclaimed Oak by PegandAwl