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Try this super satisfying Ciabatta Bread Recipe.
Ciabatta refers to a long, flat, airy bread with a thick, crunchy outer crust. Ciabatta bread is available in many varieties, as it is often stuffed with onions, chestnuts, raisins or other ingredients before baking. Shown below is a basic recipe for Ciabatta Bread.
active dry yeast
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
To make the "sponge":
In a small bowl stir together 1/8 teaspoon of the yeast and 2 tablespoons of warm water. Let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy.
Stir together the yeast mixture, 1/3 cup of the water, and 1 cup of bread flour.
Stir for several minutes, then cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let stand room temperature for 24 hours.
After 24 hours
In a small bowl stir together 1/2 teaspoon yeast, 2 tablespoons warm water, and brown sugar. Let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy.
Using an electric mixer, blend together yeast mixture, sponge, 2/3 cup warm water, 2 tablespoons oil, and 2 cups of flour at low speed until flour is just moistened.
Add salt and mix until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
Scrape dough into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Let dough rise at room temperature until doubled, about 90 minutes.
Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface and divide it in half.
Transfer each half to a greased baking sheet sprinkled with flour, and form into an oval about 9 inches long.
Dimple loaves with floured fingers and dust tops with wholewheat flour.
Cover loaves with a dampened kitchen towel, and let rise at room temperature for about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 425 F (220 degrees C).
Bake loaves 15-20 minutes, or until light golden brown.
Let loaves cool on a wire rack.
Makes 2 loaves
ciabatta bread recipe
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