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:

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

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

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  3. Priya, Thanks for the lovely entry.

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

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

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  6. delicious italian bread, looks so perfect

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

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  8. 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!

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

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

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  11. Delicious looking ciabatta bread.

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  12. This is a lovely warm bread.. looks appetizing.

    -RV (www.foodfor7stagesoflife.com)

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  13. This a delicious bread priya. I love ciabatta

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

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

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  16. wow cool you made an awesome bread as well love it

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  17. 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 :-).

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

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

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

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

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  22. 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 :)

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

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  24. wow thats a very rustic looking bread

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

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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

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

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  28. Well worth making right :) looks delicious

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

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