Classic Italian Ciabatta… By Lucy Simmons

By lucy  , , , , ,   ,

August 27, 2014

Another week of the Great British Bake Off which means another technical challenge. The wonderful airy and crusty loaf of Italy....Ciabatta bread - also known as slipper bread.

  • Prep:
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 2 aves -1


400 Grams Strong white flour

7 Grams Instant dried yeast

300 ml Water

30 ml Olive oil

7 Grams Salt

Scattering Semolina flour


Combine half of the flour and 4g of the yeast with half the water in a bowl. Beat it together to make a thick batter.

Oil a clean work surface and knead the dough for five minutes.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover the dough with a damp tea towel and leave it to rise for at least six hours at "room temperature".

Tip the mixture into the bowl of a food mixer. Add the remaining flour, the oil and remaining yeast and half of the remaining water.

Mix this all together in a food mixer with a dough hook attached.

Dissolve the salt in the last of the water and gradually add this to the mixture; mixing for 6-10 minutes, or until the dough is stringy and soft.

Tip the dough into a well-oiled litre square plastic container and put the lid on. Leave the dough at room temperature to swell until the dough has risen three-quarters of the way up the side of the container.

Mix equal amount of flour and semolina flour together and use this to flour the work surface. Tip the dough out onto the surface. Split the dough into two and stretch the two pieces into shape.

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.

Place the dough on a baking tray floured with a mixture of flour and semolina and allow to prove again for another 30 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden.  Test it's cooked by tapping the bottom of the loaf.

This recipe is for classic Ciabatta, try jazzing it up with olives or sun dried tomatoes drenched in oil or fresh herbs and smashed garlic.  Or even try a fruity loaf coated with a glaze of crunchy sugar.  Enjoy your baking.


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