This makes a fairly dense, rustic (ugly, even) loaf of bread that is tasty and not sweet. It is crusty and rough on the outside, chewy inside. Nummy hot with lots of butter! Note: sometimes (depending on humidity etc) it takes a bit more than the 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk--just keep adding a little bit at a time until it all holds together as stated in the recipe.
I love using ciabatta to make feta and tomato sandwiches - it's a good, sturdy bread and the porous texture is great for juicy sandwiches. Making ciabatta sounds tricky, but it's really quite easy - just remember to keep the dough wet! Rising times are not included.
This is the one I make all the time. I use the bread machine to make my dough and then bake in oven to get that rustic look. It rises nice and the crust and texture is great--give it a try. Prep time includes the total bread machine and rising time.
You can also make this in your KitchenAid mixer instead of the bread machine, using you kneading hook. Oil bowl cover let rise in a draft free spot.
I found this recipe in Taste of Home Magazine, recipe by Elsie Palmer. I just received my first KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas and couldn't wait to try it on making bread dough and decided to try this recipe, although I only made half, one loaf. Times don't include rising and cooling times.
Soft crust, tangy sourdough flavor makes this one of my favorite sourdough bread recipes.
A response to those who feel the bread is not sour enough. The taste of the bread relies heavily on the 'sourness' of the starter, which varies from area to area. Here is a suggestion from King Arthur Flour on making bread 'more sour', hope it helps:
In general, you can achieve a more sour taste by allowing the dough to ferment for a longer time at a lower temperature. However, the climate you live in and the strains of wild yeast naturally present in the air around you also influence how sour your bread turns out. Some bakers add some extra zing by adding "sour salt" -- not actually a salt at all, but pure citric acid. (This is available through mail order from The King Arthur Baker's Catalogue(R) at 1-800/827-6836)
This is an adaptation from a recipe posted on hungrybrowser.com in the Uncle Phaedrus section. I used my breadmaker to put the dough together and then hand shaped the loaves for baking. To use for a panini sandwich, slice each loaf in eighths (rendering 4 sandwiches per loaf), fill with your favorite ingredients and use your panini maker or grill with press to prepare a delicious sandwich. Mangia!
This recipe came with my Kitchen Aid mixer, and makes two absolutely beautiful loaves of French Bread. I misplaced my recipe book and recently found it again, so am adding this recipe to Zaar for safe-keeping! Make sure you use a very, very sharp knife to make the diagonal slashes. This bread is delicious on its own, for sopping up stew or soup broth, and with your favorite cheeses or toppings. Prep time specified includes rising time.
I needed bread and wanted to use what I had at home. This is what I came up with. It came out of the oven with a crackly, blistered crust and a great light texture. Excellent with soup or for sandwiches.