Ciabatta is the ultimate Italian bread that is soft on the inside, crisp exterior, and easy to make than you thought! The only ingredients you’ll need to make the recipe are flour as well as salt, yeast, water, and time.
This recipe doesn’t require kneading. The overnight rise does the entire work!
The toughest part of this recipe is the time it takes to take it in. I’ve baked bread with faster rise times, but believe me, making it rise for a few days is well worth the long wait.
It’s hard to beat that soft, chewy crumb made only by time!
What is Ciabatta?
Ciabatta is an open-textured flat Italian dough that is specially designed for the purpose of capturing vinegar and oil it is eaten in a sandwich or pouring it into a dip.
What’s the Difference Between Ciabatta and the French Bread?
Ciabatta is made from more water, which results in a more moist dough. It’s also made of bread dough, which makes it more able to take on additional toppings.
If you do not have bread flour at your house, all-purpose flour can still yield a delicious bread loaf ciabatta.
What is the Best Method Of Using Ciabatta?
As I mentioned earlier, ciabatta was designed to absorb dressings and oils. So, make sandwiches with salami or cheese to take to a picnic or dip into pesto for dinner.
Tips For Making Ciabatta Bread
- Make sure to spray your loaf in water before baking to create an additional flaky and crispy crust.
- Bake it longer than you expect. It is simple to underbake. The first time that I baked it, I made it bake for about 35 mins, but the second time it took 42 minutes, and it came out better.
- It’s tempting to slice into it immediately, But you need to allow it to cool for at least 45 mins so that it sets correctly.
- Don’t be overly concerned! The bread recipe is as easy as mixing everything in an ice-cold bowl, letting it rest while shaping the loaf, and then baking it!
How to Make Artisan Bread No-Knead Ciabatta Bread
Assemble your ingredients.
Mix the yeast and flour along with salt into a bowl. Give it one quick stir. Add the water and gently mix until you’ve got the soft dough.
Cover it with cloth or plastic, wrap it in a blanket, and let it sit for at least 18 hours.
On the next day, pound the dough down with the help of a spatula or spoon, and then fold it over several times.
Cover a baking tray with parchment paper, then sprinkle it with flour. Sprinkle flour on a kitchen towel, also.
Place the dough on the baking sheet coated with flour. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle. I have found that dipping your hands in water helps keep your dough from sticking to your hands.
Place the kitchen towel sprayed with flour over the loaf, and allow it to rise for an additional two hours.
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Make sure to bake your bread so it is cooked through and has a perfect crisp crust, which takes about 40 minutes.
Take it as a sandwich or a pre-dinner snack dipped in vinegar and olive oil.
No-Knead Artisan Ciabatta Bread
yield: 1 LOAF Time to prepare: 10 minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Additional time: 20 HOURS Total time: 20 HOURS 50 minutes
Do you have a problem with kneading? Problem solved! This bread made from artisan ciabatta is a beautiful baked recipe that you can prepare without any kneading required!
- 3 cups of bread flour
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Mix the flour with yeast, salt, and flour in a bowl. Give it one quick stir. Add the water and slowly mix until you get a sticky dough. Cover the dough with an old kitchen cloth or plastic, put it in a cover, and allow it to rise for about 18 hours.
- The next day pound down the dough using a spatula or spoon and fold it in several times.
- Cover a baking tray with parchment paper, then sprinkle it with flour. Sprinkle flour on a kitchen towel too.
- Spread the dough out on the baking sheet coated with flour. Gently form the dough into a rectangle. I have found that dipping my hands in water helps keep your dough from sticking your hands. Spread the floured kitchen towel on top of the bread and allow it to rise for two more hours.
- Preheat the oven to 425degF.
- Make sure to bake your bread till it’s got the perfect crispy surface, about 40 minutes.
- Take it as a sandwich or a pre-dinner snack dipped in vinegar and olive oil.
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