Ciabatta

The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge: No 7. Ciabatta

After taking some time off, I'm happy to be back to baking bread. Each week (or so) I will be making a bread recipe from Peter Reinhart’s wonderful book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread. The seventh recipe in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge is Ciabatta.

Ciabatta is a wonderful bread from northern Italy. The flat shape of this bread gives us its name which means "slipper" in English. Ciabatta bread is characterised by a crunchy, floured crust and a soft crumb.

I found preparing and shaping this dough a bit difficult. I didn't achieve the 'holey' crumb that I was expecting. I think I must have overworked the dough. It tasted great though and I'll definitely be making this again.

I took the ciabatta loaves with me to the cottage. We sliced the bread, grilled it on the BBQ, rubbed a garlic clove over the surface and then brushed it with fruity olive oil. Yum!

Be sure to check out what the other challenge participants have done.

Next bread: Cinnamon Buns!

31 comments:

Jeff said...

I loved making the ciabatta until we made the focaccia and now I am like ciabatta what?

The cinnamon rolls rock btw.

Heather said...

I pretended I made the ciabatta. I lived vicariously thru my baking partner. Who btw did not save me a cinnie roll...

I bet YOU save me a cinnie roll...

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

I love all the BBA stuff. Very yum. I like the ciabatta because it's so rustic & slipper like...yours looks YUM! That's my fave way of having it too; rubbed with garlic & drizzled with olive oil...LOVELY!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love homemade ciabatta! Yours looks wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

Denise said...

I love Ciabatta. I a few slices, some olive oil and garlic to rub on it, a glass of Pinot and I am all set.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love Ciabatta, but sadly (for me) I'm not much of a baker. Yours looks beautiful.
Sam

Megan said...

I love ciabatta and wish I had that loaf for dinner tonight!

Elle said...

Beautiful bread! I love ciabatta. Can't wait to see the cinnamon rolls!

Jo said...

I haven't tried making ciabatta as yet but I do like having this as a sandwich. Definitely have to give this recipe a go one weekend when I have the time.

Bunny said...

What a great baking group this is, the bread looks so good! I can't wait to see more!!

Barbara Bakes said...

Looks like a great cibatta to me!

Natashya said...

Looks great! Perfectly shaped.
Welcome back!

Elin said...

It looks great to me. I want to try my hands at making this Ciabatta bread. Read so much abt it..haha hope I will be able to make them oneday :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

JodieMo said...

Mmmmm...bread. One of my many weaknesses. This looks so yummy.

Elra said...

Wow, how perfect is your ciabatta. This is the bread that my husband and my son really love.

Ana Powell said...

Hi Ben
I am glad to find you again.
I love your cooking, just perfect x

Fearless Kitchen said...

I love ciabatta! I've seen some with a lot fewer holes in the crumb than this, which looks great.

5 Star Foodie said...

Ciabatta bread looks and sounds wonderful! Would love a slice!

Amanda said...

I love ciabatta! Yours looks yummy. Well done!

Madam Chow said...

Glad you're back! I didn't get the wonderful holes, either, but I plan on trying again.

Jacque said...

Holes or not, it looks wonderful! I love that dusty crust.

Kerstin said...

Yum, it looks good! There's nothing better than homemade bread!

Susan said...

Although I buy it often, I've never made ciabatta. I promised myself that I'd bake more bread when the weather breaks. I'm really encouraged by your efforts, Dragon!
Good to see you back!

burpandslurp said...

ciabatta is one of my FAV bread! But it's So hard to make though! Yours look so perfect, you are so talented!

Finsmom said...

Awesome looking bread!
And I love the new blog look!

Lo said...

Oh, dear. Ciabatta is one of my favorites too ... and this looks just perfect. Can I hire you to come and bake bread at my house?? I'll ply you with delicious panini...

diva said...

ciabatta looks lovely! i'm so impressed as i have yet to venture into bread-making :)

Chez US said...

Your bread looks perfect. Great job with BBA

Juliana said...

Wow, I never try homemade ciabatta...yours look yummie! Nicely done!

Madam Chow said...

That crumb is a LOT holier than mine was! Beautiful loaf!

Pinky said...

Ciabatta is such a fickle bread. My advice is to touch it as little as possible, and to avoid popping any of the bubbles when shaping it.
But the loaf looks quite lovely nonetheless.

 
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