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Ciabatta Bread Recipe

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on Thursday, 18 April 2013
An Italian classic that is sure to impress any dinner guest... 

Ciabatta Bread recipe

Ingredients
  • 355ml water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 450g bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried yeast

Method

1. Place all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well together. Combine all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together well. The dough will be quite sticky and wet once all the ingredients have been combined together so resist the temptation to add more flour.

2. Place the dough on a lightly floured board, cover with a large bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.

3. Lightly flour or use lined baking trays. Divide into 2 pieces, and form each into either 2 round or long loves. Place loaves on prepared trays, dimple the surface and lightly flour. Cover, and let rise in a draft free place for approximately 45 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.

5. Dimple dough for a second time, and then place loaves in the oven, positioned on the middle shelf. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. During baking, sprinkle the loaves with water every 5 to 10 minutes for a crispier crust.
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