Delicious homemade ciabatta bread ready in just about an hour. Perfectly crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside!
I woke up this morning, looked out the window, and it’s still snowing. Now keep in mind, I’m in Calgary and it’s past the middle of April. I have to admit it looks beautiful and all but as long as I don’t have to go out there, it’s all good. So what does one of these days call for? It calls for making some bread. 🙂 I love to make bread! I love the smell of bread baking and I love eating warm bread, there’s nothing better.
Today I wanted to try some Ciabatta bread and I must say it turned out looking beautiful. You know bread is really easy to make, you shouldn’t be afraid of attempting to make bread, and not using a bread machine. As long as your yeast is fresh you have nothing to worry about. Now this recipe I made, you can cut in half if you don’t want so much bread, this made 8 small loaves for me.
Start out by measuring your flour, for this I used 9 cups of flour and added it to the bowl of my mixer.
To the flour I added 2 1/2 tsp of yeast and 1 tsp of salt.
Using the hook attachment of your mixer start mixing everything, and gradually start adding the water to the flour mixture. We are adding 4 cups of water. When it’s all mixed together, add 5 tbsp of vegetable oil to the mixture.
Continue mixing everything with the hook attachment. When it’s all mixed together, place a little bit of oil onto your counter or wherever you can knead the dough for a few minutes. You don’t need a lot of oil, just a bit so it doesn’t all stick to the counter. Turn the dough over onto the oiled surface and start kneading the dough for a couple minutes. Remember it will be a sticky dough. Shape it into a ball.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl, oil the dough as well and cover it with plastic wrap.
The dough needs to rise for a while now, it should more than double, it should probably triple, so I let mine rise for about 2 1/2 hours.
Turn the dough over a well floured surface and cut the dough in 8 pieces.
Flour each piece well. Take each piece and form it into the shape you want for your little loaves.
Now you have to let your rolls proof again for another half hour to 45 minutes. A few minutes before it’s time to bake them preheat your oven to 500 F degrees.
As you can see I’m baking everything on my silpat which I love a lot. So now as you’re baking the bread, the aroma in your kitchen will be amazing. It smells like home. 🙂
Isn’t it gorgeous?
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- 9 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups water warm, room temperature
- 2 1/2 tsp yeast
- 5 tbsp vegetable oil
- Add flour to the mixing bowl of your mixer and add the yeast and salt to it. Mix well, so the salt and yeast is well incorporated. Using the hook attachment of your mixer, start adding water gradually while mixing. The dough should be pretty sticky.
- Add oil to mixer and keep mixing for about 5 minutes.
- Turn the dough over onto an oiled surface and continue kneading for another 3 minutes. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, oil the dough all around and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
- Let the dough rise for 2 1/2 hours. After 2 1/2 hours turn the dough over onto a well floured surface and cut it into 8 pieces. Form each piece into a roll and let it rise again for another 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 500 F degrees a few minutes before placing the rolls in the oven.
- Bake the bread for 12 minutes.