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Cuban Gyro Loaf
2 loaves
4 sub sandwiches

Qty Size Ingredient
65 g Bread or AP Flour
118 g Water (110º)
½ pk Dry Active Yeast
390 g Bread or AP Flour
170 g Water (110º)
½ pk Dry Active Yeast
2 tsp Granulated Sugar
3 tbls Lard
3 tsp Kosher Salt

The Sponge:

Combine the flour, water and yeast in a small bowl and stir until a uniform mass forms.  Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let stand, refrigerated, over night.

The Dough:

Place the sponge and the dough ingredients in a stand mixer bowl fitted with the dough hook.  Mix on med speed (14 rpm) until the dough becomes a smooth, uniform mass.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour (+) until doubled.

Punch down, flatten into a 2:1 ratio rectangle and cut lengthwise.  Roll each half tightly into a roulade about 12" long and 2" in diameter, tucking under the ends and sealing the seam on the bottom.  Place, side by side, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or liberally sprinkled with corn meal, cover with a tea towel, and let rise at room temperature until doubled again (about 1½ hours).

Preheat oven, with baking stone on middle rack, to 400º

When ready to bake, slice down the center of each loaf about ¼" deep before liberally spritzing each loaf with water.  Bake 20 minutes (+/-) until you get an internal temperature of 205º.


Let cool completely, cut off ends, cut in half, then slice into sandwich halves.  Brown ever-so-lightly, face up, under a broiler.  Apply vinegar/oil dressing to bread.  Lay out thin slices of Coppa ham, Molinari pepperoni, Genoa salami on the bottom half and Provolone Piccante (aged) cheese on the top half.  Broil again just until the cheese begins to melt.  Remove the top half (with cheese) and continue to broil until pepperoni browns at the edges.  Layer with sliced tomato, Bread & Butter pickles and a sprinkling of shredded Iceburg lettuce and julienne Red Onion.

You can rake out some of the inner bread dough to reduce the bread/meat balance.

Also excellent for Philly Cheese Steak, French, Garlic Bread and even Hamburger Buns (just roll into a ball and flatten before baking).

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