This Ciabatta Bread Recipe is so easy to make and so crispy and soft.
– 3 3/4 cups of bread flour (500g)
– 1 tablespoon of salt (I would put little less than that)
– 2 teaspoons of dry yeast (rapid rise)
– 2 cups of warm water at around 105F (depends if weather is dry or humid, it varies from 450g to 490g of water)
HOW TO MAKE:
On your kitchenAid Mixer bowl add flour, yeast and salt and with the paddle attachment on, mix it on low for just 1 min to combine it.
Start adding the warm water and mix it just until combined, then turn it off and let it sit there for about 10-20 minutes.
Start your mixer again now on speed 6 for about 7 minutes, you will see the dough will start rising almost to the top of the paddle so turn off your mixer and attach the hook on.
Now with the hook on, start your mixer on speed 8 and let the hook do all the work for you until the bottom of the bowl is clean, then mix it for another minute and turn it off.
You will need a very deep bowl or bucket on my case, this will rise 6-7 times its size. Spray cooking spray on bottom and sides of the bucket, pour the dough into the bucket and cover it with plastic and a clean kitchen towel. To help you get the dough from the hook, get your hands wet with water and pull the dough.
Sit it in a warm place (I used again my oven trick, let your oven warm up to the lowest temperature for only 5 minutes and turn it off) and let it rest for about 2-3 hours.
Now with the help of a wet kitchen towel, make the surface wet and lay plastic wrap over it. The water will make the plastic stay in place and you can work your dough. Sprinkle lots of flour and pour the batter over it.
Cut the dough in half and start shaping the 2 loaves into ciabatta shape, sprinkle flour over the top and cut the plastic wrap in between the loaves.
On a cookie sheet spray cooking spray and lay parchment paper, sprinkle lots of flour and set aside.
Pick up the plastic with 1 of your loaves are and flip it over the cookie sheet, if you need you can lift the dough and sprinkle flour under it, also you can pick up the dough on corner and re shape it again, run with your finger over the dough to release some of the bigger bubbles. Do the same with the other dough.
Let it rest for another hour. You will notice that it wont rise up but to the sides, this is very normal since this is how ciabatta bread is, flat.
Now all you have to do is preheat your oven to 425F and lay a baking sheet full of water to the bottom of your oven, this will help steam your loaves.
Bake it for about 30-35 minutes. Let it sit on a rack to cool down and you can slice it and make sandwiches, little butter, olive oil and balsamic vinegar or even a bruschetta if you like.
Use your imagination 🙂
Here is a link to this recipe, please take a minute to take a look since the video makes a lot easier to understand how to make it.