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Excellent choice to have with my spaghetti dinner. I will make this many times over for my family!
Thank you for a great bread recipe. I've used it several times and find it better than the same old bread.
I really wish we didn't like this bread because it was time consuming to make!! It was delicious though and worth the effort!! For all the work, I think next time I will double the batch and freeze some. I did exactly as written however, I baked it on the parchment paper which worked out great. Served as an appetizer with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, garlic and parm cheese dip.
My first attempt was really good! You'll get better flavor if you use a well-flavored extra virgin olive oil. I also doubled the oil and sprinkled some on top befoe baking. If your kitchen is cold like mine, turn your oven light on and it provides a draft-free warm place to rise dough. I have also microwaved some water in a pottery bowl, dried it quickly and then put my dough in it so it' nice and warm from the start. Great dipped in EVOO and balsamic vinegar!
I was a bit sceptical about the lack of yeast in this recipe, but prodded on. Not much of a rise initially, but turned out pretty good. I'm a little surprised at some of the reviewers comments, that the texture was like white bread. I had a wonderful "holey" texture. I used this recipe for Rachael Ray's Tuna Melt Sammie. :)
All I can say is awesome!!! My family also loves ciabatta bread but the cost was getting out of hand. This is a wonderfully easy recipe with great instructions! I did as another suggested and slipped 2 ice cubes onto the bottom of the oven. The crust was crispy and delicious!! By the time it had cooled off my husband and son had eaten all but just a small piece of it. Thanks for the recipe Lisa I will make this many, many times.
I was excited to find this recipe, as our family loves ciabatta bread. I made the recipe exactly as given, but was dissapointed at the result. The loaves looked nice, but did not have the characteristic holes, and the flavor was just like ordinary white bread. Sorry, but I will probably not make this again.
My first attempt at Ciabatta and it came out perfect! Make sure you use LOTS of flour on your parchment or it will stick. I cut it into individual panini portions and froze it. It keeps very well.
The bread was easy to make and delicious, with the perfect ciabatta hole structure. The only reason it's got 4 stars instead of 5 is that the parchment paper was WELDED on to the bottom of the loaves! I'm picking bits of paper out of my teeth as I eat it. :( Next time, I think I will form the loaves directly on my pizza peel, with plenty of cornmeal down to minimize sticking. Either that, or I will pull out the rack with the stone, flip the parchment over and peel it away, then slide it back in and bake.
Wonderful!! Easy to make sponge. I found that you didn't have to make the bread 12-24 hours after making it. I made it 3-4 days after making the sponge and it still turned out perfect. Great bread. This is the bread I now make for our day to day eating. When I am in a hurry I don't let it rise 2 times, just once, then bake. Still turns out great! Easiest and best bread recipe to date! Thanks so much!