Ciabatta is not a difficult bread to make and it makes for great sandwich bread, especially panini-type sandwiches. Last month we decided to gluten splurge for a day and the hubs chose ciabatta as our splurge-worthy bread. We were both in the mood for grilled cheese (to go with our tomato soup) and the following morning we enjoyed egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches with the leftover bread. They were [both] delicious.And since it’s freezing out, nothing is better than tomato soup and grilled cheese so hopefully this gives you an idea for dinner tonight!
Have a chill-free day!
CIABATTA RECIPE AND INGREDIENTS
2 1/4 c warm water
1 T yeast
1 tsp sugar
Combine together in a large mixing bowl.
5 c flour
1 T salt
2 T milk
2 T olive oil
Add in flour, salt, milk, olive oil. Mix for 10 minutes or until thoroughly incorporated. Dough will be sticky.
Place dough in a well-oiled bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 1/2 hours. Punch down (with well-greased hand). Divide dough in half. Dust a baking sheet with flour. Place each dough piece on the baking sheet (several inches apart) and shape into an oval. Cover and allow to rise for 15 minutes. Place indentations on dough with your fingers and allow to rise for another 30 minutes covered. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425F. Place a tray of ice cubes in a 9×13 and place pan on the bottom of the oven. Once dough is finished rising, bake in the middle of the oven. Set timer for 25 minutes. After 4 minutes, spray loaves with a few squirts of water. Repeat again after another 6 minutes and repeat after 5 minutes (total of 3x). Continue baking for the remaining 10 minutes. Remove loaves once timer rings. Cool for 2 minutes and carefully use a large metal spatula to remove bread from sheet. *You may have to scrape spatula underneath to remove loaves.
p.s. I’m not sure where this recipe came from. I found it in my recipe box from years ago and I’ve used it since. I tried searching on the internet for the source but can’t seem to find it anywhere. So a big thanks to the recipe author whoever you are!