Homemade Ciabatta Bread - Dee Dee's

Diane Hopson Smith

By
@DeeDee2011

I don't think there could be anything better than baking your own bread! Today I attempted this bread.

Ciabatta is an Italian white bread made with wheat flour and yeast. The loaf is somewhat elongated, broad and flattish. It's famous for a sandwich bread.

This was my first attempt in baking Ciabatta and I must say we were pleased. Not sure it will hold out until tomorrow when I had planned on making sandwiches. This bread is absolutely delish right out of the oven. Of course smeared with lots of butter!!

adapted from several recipes

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Prep:

5 Min

Cook:

35 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

3 1/2 c
bread flour
1/2 c
wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp
salt
2 c
warm water
1/4 tsp
granulated yeast (or equivalent)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Whisk together the bread and wheat flour with salt; set aside.
2
Pour warm (110 degrees) water into a medium size mixing bowl. Stir in the yeast with spoon.
3
Add the flour mixture to your bowl of yeasty water; stir into a heavy batter. I used a wooden spoon.
4
Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic. Now this is where it gets tricky, or least it did for me. Set the bowl with dough in a safe place and forget it for about 18 hours. I read and studied several recipes for this bread and the time ranged from 8 hours to 18 hours. I guess maybe it becomes like a "sour" dough? Anyway I let my dough set for 8 hours and it turned out great.
5
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. And, prepare your pan. I used a 10 x 15 airbake cookie sheet that I placed parchment paper on. I then spinkled with cornmeal.
6
Pour the batter on to prepared baking surface. Use a spoon to guide the dough on to the baking sheet. The dough will be very wet and sticky. It should be in an oblong shape.
7
At this point you can spinkle with your favorite herbs. I used Italian seasoning. NOTE: this is entirely optional. I love the added flavor.
8
Place bread in oven; bake for 25 minutes. If it's golden browned on top, take it out of the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Flatbreads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American