Whisk together all dry
ingredients. Pour in the warm water and
beat for 5 minutes continuously, either with a wooden spoon or a mixer. If you
have a dough hook, use it to knead the mixture an additional 5 minutes,
otherwise continue to beat with a wooden spoon for 5 more minutes.
When dough is well combined,
flour your hands and knead the dough in the bowl, for 5 minutes, by pulling
parts of the dough up and punching it back down. This process pushes air bubbles into the
dough and creates the Ciabatta texture.
Oil a large bowl, add dough and
drizzle 2 tsp. olive oil over the top.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and cover with a towel. Place bowl in a warm spot and allow 2 hours
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a
baking sheet with parchment paper, and sprinkle paper with flour. Flour your hands, divide dough into 2 equal
portions and shape into long loaves.
Sprinkle loaf tops with a bit of flour and bake for 35-40 minutes until
bread is lightly golden.
test for doneness, bread should feel hollow when tapped.
bread to cool on cooling rack for a minimum of 20-30 minutes before slicing.
To serve, spread with butter or dip in plain olive oil or olive oil with herbs
Approx. 10- 15 servings
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