How to make it

  • In a large bowl mix yeast and luke warm water with the salt.
  • Add flour and stir til flour absorbes all the water. The batter will be very sticky and lumpy, but thats perfect!
  • Cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temp with no drafts. I keep mine in my oven, with the oven light on. Its the perfect place because its warm and draft free.
  • Let rise for 12 hours.
  • When ready to bake, cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle the paper with a very thin layer of cornmeal. This will keep the bread from sticking.
  • Take the dough out of the oven, if thats where you put it to rise, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Now just dump the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, scraping it out of the bowl with a wooden spoon. Do not punch down the dough. The less you handle the dough the more airy it will be...which is just what you want.
  • Now gently rub some olive oil over the top and sides of the dough. Then sprinkle with desired seasonings...I used garlic powder and grated parnesan cheese.
  • Place on middle rack and bake for 25 minutes or til VERY brown, as in my photo.Then remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 mintues. Then slice and serve warm.I love to serve this with herbed olive oil for dipping or I serve this with stew to soak up the gravy!

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    " It was excellent "
    frankieanne ate it and said...
    Yep, this is just like the ciabatta I've bought in the store - chewy crust and soft and doughy inside. I used Italian herb seasoning and garlic powder for the top. Mine took an additional 10 minutes to cook. Added a couple of pictures, too! More in IMI (12/15/12)
    Easiest Ciabatta Bread
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  • AnnIrish 11 years ago
    This bread is good, and so easy, I added rosemary to the dough and drizzled w olive oil(: thank you for sharing
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  • cswindoll 12 years ago
    I never have tried making homemade bread before, but I love Ciabatta bread. This weekend I will try my hand for the first time, with this recipe. Wish me luck, and I will let you know how it turned out and post pic.
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  • pkusmc 12 years ago
    I am making this!! I just got into making bread. Next on my list, Keni's Weekend Tuscan bread…and then this. Thanks!!
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  • luisascatering 12 years ago
    what did you top the bread in the photo with please?
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  • midgelet 12 years ago
    great recipe. thanks

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  • lovebreezy 12 years ago
    Bea-U-Ti-Ful photo.
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  • impssweetp 12 years ago
    How can anyone resist that pcture. I could just take a flying leap and land in the middle of that wonderful bread. Butter and a knife anyone?
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