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Ciabatta

August 19, 2011

Ciabatta

Ciabatta

I have been wanting to try my hand at Ciabatta for a long time now.  It is an Italian bread that is absolutely delicious.  It has a soft crumb and soft crust.  Ciabatta means “carpet slipper”.  It is a white bread made with wheat flour and yeast.  The loaf is somewhat elongated, broad and flattish.  There are many different varieties for Ciabatta.  This recipe lends itself really well to make the smaller rolls or buns which are really great for sandwiches.

Ingredients and Directions for Ciabatta

Ingredients and Directions for Ciabatta

1.  Ingredients

3 3/4 cups bread flour

1 tablespoon yeast

2 teaspoons sugar

2 cups warm water

2/3 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons salt

To Prepare the loaves

Sieve 2 cups of the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the center.

2.  Dissolve the yeast in the water together with half the sugar.

3.  Pour into the well.  Dust with a little flour and leave to prove in a warm place at a constant temperature for about 30 minutes.

4.  Add the remaining flour, remaining sugar, oil and salt to the mixture and knead for around 6 minutes.  NOTE:  The dough must remain soft and sticky.

5.  Cover the bowl with a dishtowel and leave the dough to prove again for 3 hours.

6.  Pat the dough flat on the floured work surface and divide it into three equal pieces.  Knead each one and then briefly leave to stand.  Roll out each piece of dough to form a rectangle approximately 30 x 15 cm.

7.  Fold in the short sides and roll up the dough from one of the longer sides, pressing the edges together firmly.

8.  Lay on a floured baking sheet and leave to prove for another 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 410 F and bake the loaves for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 3 loaves

Ciabatta

Ciabatta

I love this bread.  It is an extremely easy recipe that is a little time consuming but well worth the time.  These loaves are excellent for brushchetta which I will be revisiting this weekend!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2011 9:34 am

    I always get this bread at the bakery but have never made it at home. I am sure homemade would be more tasty. Your loaf turned out well and has great texture. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • August 19, 2011 2:12 pm

      Thanks Tina, you really should try your hand at it, it is really easy, only a little time consuming which I think makes it taste even better 🙂

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