Monday, July 12, 2010

Ciabatta - An Italian Bread

In Italy, cibatta means slipper which leads many people to call this bread as slipper bread..Ciabatta bread was invented by Italian bread bakers and become very popular throughout the rest of the world, this bread have a very distinct flavor and its very versatile bread to enjoy with anything from appetizier to sandwich..I love ciabatta bread and we buy it for our sandwich, before starting making this ciabatta bread at home i went through my baking books..Finally i got hooked with a simple oval shaped ciabatta bread and immediately i prepared them, i was really nervous about the dough as they got stuck with all over my finger and had a great time to shape it...Once baked this bread was excellent, i can say that its really worth to try out this beautiful bread at home..

Ciabatta

3cups White strong flour (i used the white bread flour)
2tsp Active dry yeast
1tsp Sugar
1tbsp Salt
3tbsp Olive oil
Salt
Extra flour to sprinkle

Take the yeast, sugar in a cup of luke warm water in a small bowl and stir well...Leave in a warm place until th e yeast mixture turns foamy..Take 2 cups of flour and salt in a bowl, make a well in the centre and add the frothy yeast mixture, olive oil, stir everything well with a wooden spatule, this dough will be extremely sticky and it will be quite wet at this stage, shape the dough and place in a clean bowl, cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and leave in warm place for 4 hours..

Stir in the remaining cup of flour and mix well the flour to the doubled dough, scrape the side of the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in warm place for an hour..Springle a large baking tray with flour, dont punch the dough but carefully arrange them over the floured baking tray, make a oval dough, springle again the flour over the dough, cover with a plastic wrap and leave for 30 minutes aside..

Preheat the oven to 210C, place a container full of ice water on the base of the oven, bake the ciabatta for 30minutes,until the crust turns golden brown,dont forget to remove the water container after about 20minutes, the loaf cooked sounds halllow when tapped, ur ciabatta is ready to enjoy..

38 comments:

Rach said... Reply To This Comment

Will surely try this sometime, Looks so simple and interesting :)

Mano Saminathan said... Reply To This Comment

Delighted to have an Italian Bread here! Looks delicious with simple ingredients! Thanks for the detailed explanation!

BangaloreBaker said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, Thanks for the lovely entry.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said... Reply To This Comment

lovely bread..love italian breads...

aipi said... Reply To This Comment

lovely looking bread.. will surely try this sometime, thanks for sharing!

munchcrunchandsuch said... Reply To This Comment

I have always drooled at this brad..kudos for making it at home.

Panchpakwan said... Reply To This Comment

Simple and perfect bread..

Krishnaveni said... Reply To This Comment

delicious italian bread, looks so perfect

Life is beautiful!!! said... Reply To This Comment

I love this bread...home made ciabatta !!! gr8 Priya :)

Taste of Beirut said... Reply To This Comment

Love ciabatta so much I am always a bit worried when I buy it from a good bakery that I will eat the entire thing myself! Thank you for your recipe, maybe the effort to make it will help dampen my ardor at swallowing it in minutes!

Guna's kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

luks great.. will try dis

GEETHA ACHAL said... Reply To This Comment

Really very nice...Nice to know more about ciabatta...Thanks for sharing...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said... Reply To This Comment

What a great looking bread and I specially love the crust you got.

SS blogs here said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, that looks professional!

Kiran said... Reply To This Comment

Delicious looking ciabatta bread.

RV said... Reply To This Comment

This is a lovely warm bread.. looks appetizing.

-RV (www.foodfor7stagesoflife.com)

Swathi said... Reply To This Comment

This a delicious bread priya. I love ciabatta

Shabitha Karthikeyan said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely ciabatta bread priya !!!

Nitha said... Reply To This Comment

Perfect bread.. Never had the guts to try baking a nread.. shall try it soon..

Premalatha Aravindhan said... Reply To This Comment

Perfect bake,never tried before...thanks for sharing.

Chow and Chatter said... Reply To This Comment

wow cool you made an awesome bread as well love it

Rachana said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, bread looks perfect Priya! Ciabatta has been on my to do list for a while...you have inspired me to try this out very soon :-).

Mary said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, your bread looks perfect. I've bookmarked the recipe for later use. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

sonu said... Reply To This Comment

lovely bread priya..

Satya said... Reply To This Comment

wow one more baking recipe to try ...wonderful explanation ...will try

Vaishali Sharma said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely Bread Priya! You are bread pro!! I love all your breads!!

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said... Reply To This Comment

What a perfect bread!!! U r such a good baker dear! :)

Ameya said... Reply To This Comment

Looks delicious and relatively simple. I have generally shied away from breads that require kneading, but I just might be able to do this one :)

sowmya's creative saga said... Reply To This Comment

baked beautifully..looks nice..

Kairali sisters said... Reply To This Comment

You are amazing in your baking skills priya..No words..perfect..

Love
Kairali sisters

Peanutts said... Reply To This Comment

wow thats a very rustic looking bread

Hamaree Rasoi said... Reply To This Comment

Love the look of lovely crust u got :-) Perfect Priya

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

sweetartichoke said... Reply To This Comment

Ciabatta bread is so delicious and soooo Italian!! A great recipe!

Curry Leaf said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful it looks Priya.I am yet to try a ciabatta.

Mrs.Menagasathia said... Reply To This Comment

it looks very beautiful & nice!!

Torviewtoronto said... Reply To This Comment

Well worth making right :) looks delicious

Vanamala Hebbar said... Reply To This Comment

wow lovely

lissie said... Reply To This Comment

you are a expert in making breads, Priya! perfect bread..