Saturday, August 9, 2008

Thank you Jason for this Ciabatta

This bread is in no way mine, the only credit I can take is that I enjoy it very much. I found the recipe here and I have made it many times.

500g A/P flour
475g (~2 cups) water
2 tsp. yeast
15g salt

In Kitchen Aid style mixer with hook: Mix all ingredients roughly till combined, let it rest for 10 minutes.
Beat the living hell out of the batter, it will start out like pancake batter but in anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes it will set up and work like a very sticky dough. You'll know it's done when it separates from the side of the bowl and starts to climb up your hook and just coming off the bottom of the bowl. literally climbing!

Place into a well oiled container and let it triple! it must triple! For me this takes about 2.5 hours
Empty on to a floured counter (scrape if you must, however you gotta get the gloop out), cut into 3 or 4 peices. Spray with oil and dust with lots o' flour. Let them proof for about 45 minutes, which gives you enough time to crank that oven up to 500F.
After 45 minutes or so the loaves should be puffy and wobbly, now it's iron fist, velvet glove time. Pick up and stretch into your final ciabatta shape (~10" oblong rectangle) and flip them upside down (this redistributes the bubbles, so you get even bubbles throughout), and onto parchment or a heavily floured peel. Try to do it in one motion and be gentle, it might look like you've ruined them completely, but the oven spring is immense on these things.
Bake at 500F until they are 205F in the cnter (about 15-20 minutes), rotating 180 degrees half way through. Some people like to turn the oven down to 450F after 10 minutes, but whatever floats your boat. I usually bake in 2 batches.


Mike of Mike's Table said...

Wow, that texture in that bread looks fantastic. I was going to make a trip to the grocery store just for bread today, but maybe I could try this out and save myself a trip

Shayne said...

the best part is it has turned out every time I have tried it and there is very little work you just have to give yourself enough time for the rise.

Aquarius said...

I love bread, but can't remember the last time I made it myself. This looks delicious.

Thanks for stopping by!

TeacherPatti said...

Thanks for that recipe, Shayne!! It looks awesome!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This looks like a great recipy, Shayne - I'll definitely have to try it!

katiez said...

I love your description of the recipe... It now makes perfect sense to me!

Shayne said...

oh I wish I could take 100% of the credit for that.

White On Rice Couple said...

those look like they came out of the BAKERY! wow, they look perfect..crust, texture and all. Will ya be making this for your paaaarty! :)

winedeb said...

As usual, all of your posts are fantastic! Hi, how are you? Things are good down here but verry toasty. Have not been blogging as I hit a "block". I am still painting, gardening and have joined a fitness studio. I think I was spending too much time in the kitchen. So I am spinning and doing pilates 6 days a week. With that plus my gardening, my time goes by rather quickly. But I do take time each week to visit all of my blogging friends. I just do not leave a comment as I have nothing new on my site. Hope you and your lovely family are enjoying summer. Keep up all of those great dishes! I cannot wait to try this bread! Back at ya later! (Thank you for your note!)

Maggie said...

I love the crumb! I'll give this one a try this week.