Ciabatta means “slipper” in Italian. The loaves are fairly flat and oblong, with large air holes and a nice crust. Directions given for making rolls too. Recipe by Linda Larsen on Low Cholesterol Cooking. A good recipe using whole wheat flour and oat bran.
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- 1In large bowl, combine water and yeast; stir and let stand for 10 minutes. When yeast is bubbly, add milk, olive oil, whole-wheat flour, oat bran, ½ cup bread flour, and salt and beat for 2 minutes. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
- 2Add enough remaining bread flour to make a soft dough; beat for 1 minute. Cover bowl and let rise for 1 hour.
- 3Remove dough to lightly floured surface (dough will be soft and sticky). Grease two 4″ × 10″ shapes on a large cookie sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Divide dough in half and shape into two 3″ × 9″ rectangles on the greased areas of the cookie sheet. Let rise for 30 minutes.
- 4Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place a 9″ pan filled with ½″ of water on bottom rack. Bake bread on middle rack for 20–30 minutes or until loaves are light golden brown and sound hollow when tapped with fingers. Cool on wire rack.
- 5Yields 2 loaves; 8 servings.
- 6For Rolls:.
- 72 tablespoons olive oil.
- 83 tablespoons cornmeal.
- 9Prepare Whole Wheat Ciabatta Bread through the first rising. Punch down dough and turn onto lightly floured surface.
- 10Divide dough into 6 portions. Using floured fingers, shape each portion into a 3″ × 3″ rectangle.
- 11Grease six 4″ × 4″ squares on a cookie sheet with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place dough onto each cornmeal coated square. Drizzle with remaining olive oil.
- 12Let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
- 13Bake rolls for 10–15 minutes or until very light brown. Turn off oven and prop open oven door. Let rolls stand in oven for another 5 minutes. Then remove from oven and let cool on wire racks.
- 14Yields 6 rolls.
- 16Creating Steam When Baking Bread.
- 17Adding steam to the oven when baking bread makes a crisper, thicker crust. There are several ways to do this. You can place a pan with some water in it on the rack below the bread. You can also spritz the loaves with water a few times while the bread is baking. The steam helps keep the bread softer longer, so the crust develops more slowly.
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Nutritional Facts for Whole-Grain Ciabatta Bread(Or Rolls)
Serving Size: 1 (87 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 187.0
- Calories from Fat 42
- Total Fat 4.7 g
- Saturated Fat 0.8 g
- Cholesterol 1.4 mg
- Sodium 153.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 32.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
- Sugars 0.2 g
- Protein 5.5 g