Last Updated on May 31, 2015 by Chef Mireille
Cubanos are my all time favorite sandwich. Roast pork, ham, pickles, cheese pressed on a parrilla for a crusty exterior on the bread is an explosion of flavors. This makes a very hearty meal.
Medianoche is Cuba’s tea time, where small snacks are enjoyed with a cafecito. Medianoche sandwiches are made with a sweet egg rich bread. These sweet rolls perfectly complements ham and cheese, a much more simplified sandwich than the multi-faceted Cubano.
I made the bread a little healthier than the classic version by using whole wheat flour and vegetable shortening, instead of lard (rendered pig fat).
Yield: 16 rolls
- 4 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup melted vegetable shortening
- 3 well beaten eggs
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups bread flour
- egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water)
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle yeast on top and leave for 5-10 minutes until yeast is proofed and foamy.
In the bowl of an electric mixer with the dough hook attachment, combine whole wheat flour, remaining sugar, salt, shortening and eggs. Beat for 1 minute.
Add yeast and 2 cups of the bread flour. Knead on medium speed for 7-8 minutes, adding additional flour as necessary to yield a smooth and elastic dough.
Place in a lightly greased bowl.
Cover with greased plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Leave to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
On a lightly floured board, knead for 1-2 minutes. Divide into 16 equal sized portions, about 3-3.2 oz. each.
Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet with a little space between each roll.
Cover with a slightly dampened towel and leave to rise until doubled in size, about 1 – 1 1/2 hours,
Brush with egg wash.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, until golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.
Brush with melted butter.
This can just as easily be enjoyed on its own or with some coffee…
or serve a typical medianoche sandwich of ham and cheese…
or can be included as part of a complete breakfast with some fruit,
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The bread looks nice and soft with a lovely texture.
Wow cubanos.. This reminds the recent movie "Chef" where he sells cubanos in his food truck 🙂 Thanks for the recipe
Sweet bread in a savory sandwich…interesting.
lovely looking rolls.
Damn pretty looking cuban rolls.. Fabulous.
Cuban rolls looks so soft and tasty.
Bookmarking this recipe, love the texture of the bread.
Pretty golden brown on top!! rolls have a beautiful texture!!!
The buns have such lovely texture..very nicely done..thanks for sending it across for the event as well!
Buns have turned out so good Mir…love your sandwich!
Soft and spongy rolls. Thanks for linking.
Lovely rolls Mir! This has such a wonderful texture…
Beautiful looking rolls, Mir.
Lovely sweet rolls.
Lovely looking rolls Mir — they look shiny and perfect.
Cuban pan have come out so well and its whole wheat! Pictures are very tempting too! Jayanthi(www.sizzlingveggies.com)