How to make Cuban Sandwich Rolls

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Cuban sandwich rolls are wonderful! Their texture is somewhat crusty like a French baguette, but still soft and flavorful like an Italian rustic loaf. Cuban rolls are perfect for making cubanos, but you can make any kind of savory sandwich you like.

By Hand

Combine yeast, water, salt, lard, and sugar into a large bowl and stir well to proof. Wait for 5 minutes, add half the flour and incorporate. Add the remaining flour and combine thoroughly.

Put dough on a lightly floured surface and knead dough for 3-5 minutes.

Lightly grease a large bowl and place dough inside. Cover the bowl and put in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size.

With a Stand Mixer

Place flour, salt, sugar, and yeast into the bowl of the stand mixer. Attach the dough hook, run the mixer on low to medium speed, and slowly add the water and lard. Run the mixer until the dough forms a ball.

Lightly grease a large bowl and place dough inside. Cover the bowl with a towel and put in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size.

With a Bread Machine

Place the ingredients in this order into bread machine; water, flour, sugar, salt, lard, and yeast. Select the dough setting.


If the dough is too dry then add additional water in 1 tablespoon increments. If the dough is too sticky then add additional flour in 1 tablespoon increments.

Cuban Sandwich Rolls Recipe

Yields 4 rolls

Prep Time 10 minutes

Inactive Time 2 hours

Bake Time 25 to 30 minutes


3/4 cup hot water

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter or lard, melted

1 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast or active dry yeast

Water for brushing


Use one of the methods for creating dough above.

Divide the dough into 4 equal sized pieces.

Shape each piece of dough into an oval. Set aside on a floured surface and cover with a towel. Place in the warmest part of the kitchen.

Let dough rise for two hours.

Preheat oven to 375 F

With a sharp knife, slash one long lengthwise slit down the middle of each dough oval.

Brush dough with water.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve hot or warm.

Cut and use in cubanos or any other sandwich. This bread will also accompany soup nicely.


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