There’s nothing like freshly baked bread and my ciabatta recipe is a hit in my home with my children especially!
I’ve always enjoyed cooking but baking for me is a little stress reliever. While making my ciabatta recipe I think of nothing else but the dough and everything else just drifts away.
My simple ciabatta recipe is really versatile and can be used to make rolls or loaves, but I tend to make a mixture of both.
Ingredients for 12 rolls or 4 loaves
|500g||strong white flour, plus extra for dusting|
|1 1/2 tsp||salt|
|425 ml||water, tepid|
|45 ml||olive oil|
(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)
- Put the flour, salt and yeast along with 350ml of the water in a food mixer with dough hook and mix on a low setting for 5 minutes.
- Slowly begin to add the remaining water and continue to mix for a further 8-10 minutes on a medium speed. The dough should be quite wet and stretchy when pulled.
- Add a little olive oil to a bowl or plastic container and add the dough. Cover with film and leave in a warm place to rise. You’re looking for it to double in size and this should take roughly an hour.
- Heavily flour your work surface. Tip out the dough and coat the top of the dough with flour.
- Without kneading the dough, cut the dough into equal size portions depending if you want to make loaves or rolls
- If you want to make rolls, the easiest way I’ve found is to divide the dough into 4 equal portions, and then sub-divide them again.
- To make rolls, make sure your hands are floured, then take a piece of dough and start to form the ball by folding the sides into the centre, flip over and place onto a lined and lightly floured baking sheet making sure to dust off any excess flour from the roll.
- If you’re making loaves, flour your hands and stretch the dough into long batons.
- When all the loaves or rolls are shaped, leave them for a further 20 minutes to finish proving them.
- In the meantime pre-heat your oven to 220°C fan/425°F.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown, but if you’re baking rolls, turn the loaves and bake for a further 5 minutes.
- This is a really wet dough so make sure you flour your work surface really well.
- You may benefit from using a dough scraper to divide the dough to portion it, link below.
- This dough also makes great pizza bases too!