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Cuban Breakfast with Cafe Con Leche & Tostada

Cafe Con Leche y tostada is a typical breakfast served in Cuba. This is a simple and light morning meal that is delicious.
Author: Pavani
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: cuban
Servings: 2 Servings


Cafe Con Leche:

  • 3~4 tablespoons Cuban Coffee, Cafe Bustelo brand preferred
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2~3 tablespoons Sugar, adjust as taste
  • 1 cup Milk

Cuban Tostada:

  • 1 Small Cuban bread loaf*
  • 2 tablespoons Soft Butter


Make Cuban Coffee:

  • Place espresso powder in the espresso maker . Fill the tank with about 1 cup of water. Place the percolator on the stove and heat till the coffee is ready, about 3~5 minutes.
  • In the meantime warm your milk until steamy. Keep aside.
  • Put sugar in a measuring cup and when the coffee is ready, pour 1~2 tablespoons of it into sugar. Now beat this mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved and it starts getting light and frothy. This is the key step in making perfect Cuban coffee.
  • Slowly pour in the remaining coffee into the sugar mixture and the foam or froth rises to the top.
  • Now pour the coffee into the milk and top with a few spoons of the foam. Mix well and serve immediately.

Make Tostada Cubana:

  • Split the loaf in half. Butter the inside of the both halves. Put them together and butter the outside as well.
  • Place the bread on a hot sandwich press or panini grill.* Close and cook until the sandwich is golden and toasty. Serve immediately with coffee and fresh fruit. Enjoy!!


  • Cafe Bustelo and Cafe Pilon are the recommended brands of ground espresso to use in this recipe.
  • Add more sugar or milk to suit your taste.
  • Substitute store bought Italian or French bread to make the toast.
  • The toast can be made on a nonstick or cast-iron skillet. Put a weight on the sandwich - a foil wrapped brick or a heavy can or cast iron skillet. Cook till the bottom is crispy and toasty, about 2 minutes. Flip and repeat for another 1~2 minutes.


Calories: 313kcal
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