Easy Ciabatta Bread

Ingredients

Ovenight preparation

250g/9oz Italian type ’00’ bread flour
190ml/7fl oz water
15g/½oz yeast

 

To finish the bread

250g/9oz Italian type ’00’ bread flour
10g/½oz yeast
190ml/7fl oz water
12g/½oz salt

Preparation method

1.For the overnight preparation, mix the flour with the water in a large bowl and add the yeast.
    Whisk for three minutes and leave to rise overnight (or at least eight hours).
2. To finish the bread, add the remaining flour and yeast to the bread mixture and mix well.
3. Gradually add the rest of the water to the bread mixture. When nearly all of the water has
     been added, add the salt to the remaining water and mix together for a further five minutes,
     until a sticky dough is formed.
4. Transfer the dough into a large oiled bowl and leave to rise for one hour.
5. Transfer the dough to a heavily floured work surface and leave to rest for a further 30
     minutes.
6. Preheat the oven to 240C/465F/Gas 8.
7. Cut the dough into three strips and stretch them out to make long, flat ciabatta loaf shapes.
8. Place onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper and leave for ten minutes.
9. Transfer the dough to the oven to bake for 25 minutes, or until risen and golden-brown.
10. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

 

 

With permission of www.catering4kent.co.uk

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