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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ciabatta Bread

For all the bread lovers! Crispy crust on the outside, soft and spongy on the inside.

Note: Proving time is 10-12hrs (step by step process below)


4 cups plain flour (or wholemeal)
2 cups water
1 packet of dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt


In a large bowl, combine flour, dry yeast, water, sugar and salt. Mix thourougly with a spatula - the texture should be fairly runny and lumpy.

Leave to prove for 18-20hrs. Heat oven to 250C, brush dutch oven or a cooking pot with vegetable oil. Place in the oven for 5-7mins to heat while empty. Take out of the oven and add the bread mixture into the hot dutch oven. Bake on 250C for 40 minutes with the lid on. Take the lid off and bake for a further 15 minutes.

Take out of oven and place on a cooling rack. Wrap in a clean tea towel and leave to cool. Enjoy with you favourite spread or plain.

Happy Baking!