Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ciabatta Bread

This is an easy bread recipe I found online. Preheat oven to 450ºF. In a mixing bowl combine:

2 cups flour (bread flour or all purpose with 10% flour swapped for wheat gluten)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp yeast
220ml water
1 tbsp olive oil

Fix the dough hook to the machine and let it run at least five minutes after a ball forms to kneed the dough.  When the dough is soft and stretchy enough, pull it out and fold it over to trap air in the dough. Keep stretching, folding and trapping air in the dough till you get tired.

In a clean bowl wipe olive oil around the inside and up to the lip on one side. Place the dough in the oil and brush oil all over the dough.  Put in a warm space for an hour or until it doubles in size. Tip out onto a baking sheet, put it in the oven and turn the temperature down to 400ºF. Bake 40 minutes.

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