Ciabatta Bread

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The name sounds exotic and complicated, but this recipe could not be more simple. Impress your family and friends with some homemade ciabatta bread. (It actually means "slipper" in Italian!)



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 for rising. 

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. 

To test for doneness, bread should feel hollow when tapped.

Allow bread to cool on cooling rack for a minimum of 20-30 minutes before slicing.


NOTE: To serve, spread with butter or dip in plain olive oil or olive oil with herbs added.

Approx. 10- 15 servings Print this Recipe

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