Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta Bread

Sometimes I`ll just eat bread and butter for dinner.  Partly out of laziness or lack of imagination but mainly because it tastes so good.  I don`t mean bread that comes in a bag presliced.  I`m talking freshly baked, crunchy crust, and doughy butter melting insides.  Ciabatta bread happens to my favorite.  So making this fresh at home one day certainly decided on my dinner options. It and butter.  I may have had a fruit smoothie for breakfast so I don`t feel quite so bad.

Ciabatta Bread

Yields 1 large or 2 small loaves

Ciabatta Bread
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp warm water
  • 2 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix gently with spatula until combined. Kneading the dough 8-10 minutes by hand (or if using a mixer using the dough hook) until dough is smooth.
  2. [img src="http://www.tastygardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Ciabatta-Bread-1-of-10-300x199.jpg?x45499" alt="Ciabatta Bread" width="300" height="199" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-20130"]
  3. Place dough in a grease bowl, cover and let rise 2 hours.
  4. If making two small loaves cut into two.
  5. Shape the dough into logs and place on lightly floured baking sheet. Cover and let rise another 40 minutes.
  6. [img src="http://www.tastygardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Ciabatta-Bread-2-of-10-300x199.jpg?x45499" alt="Ciabatta Bread" width="300" height="199" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-20131"]
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake bread until browned and when bottom is tapped sounds hollow 35-40 minutes.
  8. [img src="http://www.tastygardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Ciabatta-Bread-4-of-10-300x199.jpg?x45499" alt="Ciabatta Bread" width="300" height="199" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-20132"]
Cuisine: Bread |
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Comments

  1. Oooh, this looks perfect! I could eat fresh homemade bread and butter literally every day, at any meal.
  2. love the crunchy crust that comes with freshly baked bread! nothing better than warm bread and butter!

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