Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ciabatta Bread

I have been wanting to make a good crusty bread. I have a french bread recipe that I tend to use when I want a crusty bread. But I wanted to try something different. So I went looking for a Ciabatta Bread. So I found this one. This specific one is written for the bread machine dough cycle. But is easily done without the bread machine. I suggest you go to the website though if you really do want to try it and read some of the reviews for a few suggestions and help.
Here is the recipe though:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Put your ingredients into the bread machine in the order that your machine manufacturer suggests. Then select the "dough" cycle.
The dough will be kind of sticky and wet once the dough cycle is done but resist the temptation to add more flour. Place dough on a lightly floured board, cover with a large bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.
Lightly flour or use parchment lined baking sheets. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, and form each into a 3x14 inch oval. Place loaves on the sheets, and dimple surface. Cover, and let rise in a draft free place for around 45 minutes.   
After rising, preheat oven to 425.
Place in the preheated oven and bake on the middle oven rack for 25 to 30 minutes.
While they are baking, lightly spray the loaves with water every 5 or 10 minutes to create a crispy crust.
I waited about 10 minutes before I sprayed the loaves the first time.

Here is the dough right before resting. I used a flour dusted rubber spatula to get the dough out of the machine's bread pan. Like the recipe says, it is sticky. So I poured it out and then folded on itself to get it all on the board to rest.

Before the rise:

After the rise:
All done!
Now here are shots of the inside of the bread. Light and Airy!

Again, go HERE to view the recipe and read some reviews for extra tips.


  1. Ciabatta bread is the best! I bet it tastes better right out of the oven.

  2. Send some over- I love ciabatta!

  3. I totally need to try this. I just started making bread not that long ago and LOVE it.

    Marla @

  4. thanks for the recipe. I'm definitely going to try it! love ciabatta bread!!!


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