Recipe by Tish
Found in response to a request for a bread machine recipe for Ciabatta Bread. I love this stuff. It is one of the best breads I make!
Top Review by AlaskanAmateur
I have been enjoying this bread for several years now and wanted to comment in response to some folks who have had trouble with the stickiness. It IS sticky, and I usually don't have time to be bothered with shaping sticky dough into loaves, so my solution has been to pour the dough from the bread machine pan directly into a lightly greased 9x11 pyrex. Then (with oiled hands) I push and pull the bread to spread it evenly across the pan, trying to be as ginger as possible so as not to lose the lovely air pockets. Then I cover it with a tea towel and slide it into a warm oven to rise (a minute at 200 degrees usually does the trick). Then, pull it out to preheat and bake as usual (maybe a bit longer than normal due to the thickness of the "loaf"). I realize that the finished product isn't nearly so traditional, but it has been a simple, fool-proof solution for me, and makes a tasty pan of bread! Thanks for the great recipe!!!
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 1⁄4 cups bread flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Directions See How It's Made
- Place ingredients into the pan of the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer.
- Select the Dough cycle, and Start.
- Dough will be quite sticky and wet once cycle is completed, resist the temptation to add more flour.
- Place dough on a lightly floured board, cover with a large bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.
- Lightly flour or use parchment lined baking sheets.
- Divide into 2 pieces, and form each into a 3x14 inch oval.
- Place loaves on prepared sheets, dimple surface, and lightly flour.
- Cover, and let rise in a draft free place for approximately 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Dimple dough for a second time, and then place loaves in the oven, positioned on the middle rack.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- During baking, spritz loaves with water every 5 to 10 minutes for a crispier crust.