Tampa Cuban Bread Recipe
I would like to have a true, original recipe for making Cuban Bread the way they make it in Tampa, the home of the real Cuban Sandwich if anyone can help me? Also, out local Cousins Subs are making Cuban Sandwiches. That taste pretty good, but they still need the Cuban Bread to make it someone like the way they do in Tampa.
Oh, I finally got my Deviled Crab Rolls. My Daughter sent them to me. She got them from a place in Ybor City. Yummy!!! I miss the food down there so much.
I have never seen an actual recipe, but you may find some information at these links:
La Segunda is the biggest cuban bread bakery in Tampa, and they supply the county school system with cuban bread. There was a fuss several years back when the school system demanded that they stop using lard in their bread recipe, in order to meet federal standards. Apparently the school system was a big enough customer that La Segunda changed their recipe altogether. The bread has not been the same since. In general, it seems like the quality of cuban bread in Tampa has declined quite a bit. Last year La Teresita, which used to be a favorite in our family for sandwiches, switched to a lower quality bread, and now I consider their sandwiches inedible.
The thing is, none of the sandwich places make their own bread-- or at best they are baking loaves that come to them frozen. You are right, though. Without cuban bread, the sandwich just isn't the same, even if all the fillings are correct.