One observation about this making this bread: I made it the first couple of times using King Arthur White Unbleached Bread Flour and the results were really good; crusty and only a little misshapen (which didn't disturb me a bit!). The second time, I used what I had on hand, which was King Arthur's All-Purpose Unbleached White Flour - not Bread Flour - and the loaf came out only slightly less crusty but with a perfect shape! And very good, too. I made 3 loaves this way and the results were consistent. Also, I read on another website that Cuban Bread does not hold up well, i.e. it gets stale quickly and to eat it right away. I have not found that to be the case.