Food for thought: Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta is an Italian bread which main ingredients are flour, yeast and water. Ciabatta word means slipper. The bread is good for sandwiches or can be eaten with olive oil or butter.

Today, I am sharing the recipe for Ciabatta bread. Again, when you are passed the beginner stage of baking, you can make all types of bread. I myself is not a professional baker but I just passed the beginner stage which I am very proud about it. I have learned so much baking techniques during Covid19 days than during my whole lifetime. I used to bake when I was younger in my twenties but I stopped baking after I have my children in my mid thirties. Now, I am retired and found baking as one of my daily activities and I really enjoy it. I haven’t bought bread for two years now and still learning and continue to bake…

At this time, I am busy learning how to bake Artisan Breads. Anyways, I would love to share with you this Ciabatta bread recipe. Ciabatta is one of no knead breads kind.

When making Ciabatta, you would need to prepare the first part of the ingredients which is the Poolish a day ahead.

Ingredients for Poolish or Sponge mixture:

  • 1.5 cups of bread flour
  • 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water

In a medium bowl, mix all the above ingredients, cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 20 hours.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2.5 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt

First proofing: Using the paddle, mix the three ingredients in your mixer for about 10 minutes. On the unfloured surface, form the dough into a ball and let it rise in an oiled bowl for an hour or doubled.

Second proofing: On a floured surface, put the dough and grab two sides of the dough and fold and do this three times. Form into a ball and put back into the bowl, cover with saran wrap and set aside for another 45 minutes.

Third Proofing: Divide the dough into two. Form each dough into a rectangle. Sprinkle with flour, cover with cloth and let is set for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450F. Put some water on a pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy! #ciabatta #baking #italianbread #bread

Published by Amazing Grace

Hi there, my name is Grace M Dy and I always called myself as “Dy Amazing Grace”. I am a blessed with two children David and Charmaine. I live to laugh, love, travel and cook and bake sometimes. I love the nature especially the oceans and the smell of the rainforest. I travel a lot with my daughter and would like to share the places that we’ve been. I do cook and bake not as a professional one but just as a simple mom and I would like to share them with you all.

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