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Monday, February 4, 2013

Pan De Agua - Puerto Rican Water Bread


Yield: 2 loaves

Puerto Rican Water Bread is a lot like french bread, but it has its own unique flavor and chewy texture. My family loves it as is, and I enjoy it warmed with butter. I have also had great success making pizzas from the pre-made loaves! Its just good old fashioned bread!



Ingredients:


  • 1 T. yeast
  • 1 T. sugar
  • ½ T. salt
  • 2 c. warm water
  • 6 c. flour
  • Cornmeal for dusting
  • 2 egg white + 2 T. water for egg wash



Directions:

DO NOT Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In large mixing bowl, mix yeast and water.

Let set until foamy (5-10 min)

Add salt and sugar. Stir.

Add flour a cup at a time, stirring/kneading through before adding more.

Knead 10 minutes.

Place dough into clean, greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

Rise in bowl 1- 2 hrs until dough doubles in size.

Punch dough down and allow it to rest 15 minutes.

Divide dough in half, and shape each into a loaf.

Slash tops and place on greased, cornmeal dusted pans.

Baste w/ egg wash

let rise untill doubled in size.

Place pan of boiling water in bottom of oven.

Place loaves in cold oven 20 minutes.

Turn oven to 400 degrees F at this time.

Bake 35 min.

Cool on wire rack.


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