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Video:How to Make Puerto Rican Water Bread

with Jason Phipps

Puerto Rican water bread is like other types of white bread but is prepared slightly differently. This video from About.com will teach you the recipe for baking Puerto Rican water bread.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Puerto Rican Water Bread

Hi, I'm Jason Phipps for About.com, and today I'm preparing Puerto Rican water bread or pan de agua. This simple to make bread is similar to French or Italian bread, using the same basic ingredients, but the baking procedure is different. 

Puerto Rican Water Bread Ingredients

You'll need:

  • 1 pack active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 cups warm water

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 egg whites

  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • cornmeal or flour for dusting the baking board 

Mix Ingredients Into Dough

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Cover the mixture and let stand for about twenty minutes. The yeast should form a foam on the top. In a separate large mixing bowl, mix together the salt and flour. Mix the flour and yeast mixtures together a little bit at a time by adding the flour to the yeast one cup at a time. As you add the flour, the dough will start to form.

Let Dough Rise and Form Loaves

When all the flour is added, knead the dough for about 10 to 15 minutes until it is elastic and no longer sticky. Grease a big bowl. You can use the one you mixed the yeast or dough in. Place the ball of kneaded dough into the bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The dough should double in size. 

When the dough is ready, flour a work area. Place the dough on it and separate into two equal portions. Using a large baking board or cookie sheet that will hold both loaves of bread, sprinkle some cornmeal or flour. Cornmeal works better, but flour will do. Place the loaves on the board and using a sharp knife place 3 to 4 slashes along the top of the loaves. In a bowl, mix together the egg whites and water. Brush the mixture on top of the loaves of bread.

Bake the Puerto Rican Water Bread

Place the loaves on the center rack of a cold oven, then place a shallow baking pan on the rack below the loaves. Fill the shallow pan with 1 cup boiling water. Wait 10 minutes and then turn the oven on to 400 degrees and let bake for 35 minutes. The internal temperature of the loaves should be 200 degrees. The loaves should be golden and a little crusty. You can use this bread to make Cuban sandwiches or use stale leftovers to make bread pudding. 

Thanks for watching. I'm Jason Phipps with About.com. For more recipes like this, please visit food.About.com.

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