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Seeking to learn....Cuban Bread.....

northGAcock
northGAcock Posts: 15,162
....so just got back from Tampa (Outback Bowl), and had the pleasure to purchase some pasteries, sandwiches and bread from a local Ybor City Cuban bakery. They were all outstanding.....but my questions are in reference to the Cuban Bread.

Truth is, I had nibbled on one of two loaves of bread, but wasn’t until I got home, I discovered an unknown item packed with the bread.
These leaves were included in both loaves. @CigarCityEgger or other Locals have any first had knowledge of the leaves origin, purpose and use if any? The loaves do not include any preservatives....ingredeiants as you can see below, so curious it it serves some purchase. 

Pardon on my ignorance.....seeking to learn / understand. Thanks in advance. 
Ellijay GA with a Medium & MiniMax

Well, I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life,
Run me out in the cold rain and snow

Comments

  • blind99
    blind99 Posts: 4,971
    I googled their web site - it’s a palmetto leaf I guess -


    http://lasegundabakery.com/our-craft/

    Interesting! I thought you were going to show a pic of a bug or something. Phew. 
    Chicago, IL - Large and Small BGE - Weber Gasser and Kettle
  • bgebrent
    bgebrent Posts: 19,636
    Buy it in Ibor City.  You didn't???
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • SamIAm2
    SamIAm2 Posts: 1,894
    I recall seeing this on a show years ago. Loaves are rolled and moist strips of palmetto leaves are added to the top before baking (for moisture and lamé effect) to help control the expansion of the loaf as it bakes.
    Ubi panis, ibi patria.
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  • northGAcock
    northGAcock Posts: 15,162
    bgebrent said:
    Buy it in Ibor City.  You didn't???
    Didn't find it until I returned from Florida.....or I would have asked. 
    Ellijay GA with a Medium & MiniMax

    Well, I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life,
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow
  • Yep, those are Palmetto leaves. Never knew why but found this 

    As they have for decades, La Segunda and other traditional Cuban breadmakers lay a long, moist palmetto frond on top of the loaves before baking, creating a shallow trench in the upper crust, producing an effect similar to the slashing of a European-style loaf. (The frond is removed before eating.)”
  • Carolina Q
    Carolina Q Posts: 14,831
    Aren't you in, umm... ? =)
    Image result for palmetto state
    Sorry, man... :)

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • northGAcock
    northGAcock Posts: 15,162
    Aren't you in, umm... ? =)
    Image result for palmetto state
    Sorry, man... :)
    I am....we use our palms for other things. We don't make no stinkin bread here worth a Chit.
    Ellijay GA with a Medium & MiniMax

    Well, I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life,
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow
  • 20stone
    20stone Posts: 1,961
    ....but my questions are in reference to the Cuban Bread....These leaves were included in both loaves. @CigarCityEgger or other Locals have any first had knowledge of the leaves origin, purpose and use if any? The loaves do not include any preservatives....ingredeiants as you can see below, so curious it it serves some purchase....

    Pardon on my ignorance.....seeking to learn / understand. Thanks in advance. 
    The palm leaves serve the same purpose as scoring a loaf.  If you still have some of the bread, you should really make some Cuban Sandwiches.  We took a run at that a few months ago:
    http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1195762/fiesta-cubana/p1

    Here is the best description of the history of the bread I recall seeing when we did our Fiesta Cubana:
    http://www.virtuousbread.com/bread-and-conversation/making-bread-with-la-segunda-bakery-in-tampa/

    Here is the recipe that we used.  We tried converting to sourdough starter, but didn't have it turn out.  I would have experimented more, but we were under the gun to show up with bread, so I capitulated and used commercial yeast.  Don't judge me.
    http://globaltableadventure.com/recipe/recipe-cuban-bread-pan-cubano/

    You might note the use of lard.  While some use vegetable oil, that is WRONG, and "pork butter" should be used if at all possible.
    (now only 16 stone)

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  • Carolina Q
    Carolina Q Posts: 14,831
    Re Cuban sandwiches, there was a great post on the old forum a few years back where the guy recreated the sandwich and street corn after visiting Café Habana in NYC. Always meant to try it, but somehow never have. Tons of pics and details. Check it out...

    http://www.greeneggers.com/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&Itemid=55&func=view&catid=1&id=1260730

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • billt01
    billt01 Posts: 1,508
    bgebrent said:
    Buy it in Ibor City.  You didn't???
    where is IBor City..is it close to Ybor?
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  • JRWhitee
    JRWhitee Posts: 5,678
    billt01 said:
    bgebrent said:
    Buy it in Ibor City.  You didn't???
    where is IBor City..is it close to Ybor?
    One in the same, that is how it is spelled in Kentucky. =)
                                                                
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  • SamIAm2
    SamIAm2 Posts: 1,894
    JRWhitee said:
    billt01 said:
    bgebrent said:
    Buy it in Ibor City.  You didn't???
    where is IBor City..is it close to Ybor?
    One in the same, that is how it is spelled in Kentucky. =)
    Funny, thought it was Ebore??
    Ubi panis, ibi patria.
    Large - Roswell rig, MiniMax-PS Woo; Cocoa, Fl.
  • YukonRon
    YukonRon Posts: 16,976
    JRWhitee said:
    billt01 said:
    bgebrent said:
    Buy it in Ibor City.  You didn't???
    where is IBor City..is it close to Ybor?
    One in the same, that is how it is spelled in Kentucky. =)
    When were y'all up here?
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Florida Grillin Girl
    Florida Grillin Girl Posts: 4,959
    edited January 2018
    Here is a post I made about the same bread from that bakery here in Tampa, FL. 

    http://www.greeneggers.com/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&Itemid=112&func=view&catid=1&id=1323968

    This is the cuban sandwich recipe from the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor city~ they have been making it this way for over 100 years~

    http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/The-Columbia-Experience/Recipes/Cuban-Sandwich
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  • northGAcock
    northGAcock Posts: 15,162
    SamIAm2 said:
    JRWhitee said:
    billt01 said:
    bgebrent said:
    Buy it in Ibor City.  You didn't???
    where is IBor City..is it close to Ybor?
    One in the same, that is how it is spelled in Kentucky. =)
    Funny, thought it was Ebore??
    No, you are mistaking that with the Winnie the Pooh character Ebore. He is a depressed donkey who is Pooh's ever-glum, sarcastic and pessimistic friend who has trouble keeping his tail attached to his rear. Come to think of it, sounds a lot like Brent.
    Ellijay GA with a Medium & MiniMax

    Well, I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life,
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow
  • northGAcock
    northGAcock Posts: 15,162
    Re Cuban sandwiches, there was a great post on the old forum a few years back where the guy recreated the sandwich and street corn after visiting Café Habana in NYC. Always meant to try it, but somehow never have. Tons of pics and details. Check it out...

    http://www.greeneggers.com/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&Itemid=55&func=view&catid=1&id=1260730
    I had my fill of them while in Eeyore City. Love me some Cuban Sandwiches. 
    Ellijay GA with a Medium & MiniMax

    Well, I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life,
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow
  • SamIAm2
    SamIAm2 Posts: 1,894
    SamIAm2 said:
    JRWhitee said:
    billt01 said:
    bgebrent said:
    Buy it in Ibor City.  You didn't???
    where is IBor City..is it close to Ybor?
    One in the same, that is how it is spelled in Kentucky. =)
    Funny, thought it was Ebore??
    No, you are mistaking that with the Winnie the Pooh character Ebore. He is a depressed donkey who is Pooh's ever-glum, sarcastic and pessimistic friend who has trouble keeping his tail attached to his rear. Come to think of it, sounds a lot like Brent.
    Oh bother. Is it Friday already?
    Ubi panis, ibi patria.
    Large - Roswell rig, MiniMax-PS Woo; Cocoa, Fl.
  • JRWhitee
    JRWhitee Posts: 5,678
    YukonRon said:
    JRWhitee said:
    billt01 said:
    bgebrent said:
    Buy it in Ibor City.  You didn't???
    where is IBor City..is it close to Ybor?
    One in the same, that is how it is spelled in Kentucky. =)
    When were y'all up here?
    Fort Knox 1979
                                                                
    _________________________________________________
    Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story!
    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia