World’s greatest Italian Ciabatta bread with large holes (Recipe)

Introduction

For several years I’ve struggled to make the perfect Italian ciabatta bread. Finally, I’ve managed to get the recipe completely right – and it is actually more simple than you would imagine… It’s actually extremely simple, and you will get the most amazing, tastefully and cheap Italian ciabatta bread imaginably.

Here is the easiest recipe for fantastic italian Ciabatta bread. There is no need for great skills in a kitchen, just put all the ingredients in – mix a bit, and your ready to go… (Energy: Total 2,726 kCal, or 341 kCal per person).

 

Ingredients

800 grams Wheat flour (12 grams of protein per 100 grams or above)
700 grams Water
18 grams Salt (fine)
1 bit of Yeast (small ball approximate 4-5 grams)

 

Instructions

12-18 before baking

  1. Dissolve the yeast in water together with the salt.
  2. Mix the flour into the water. No need to knead the dough. Just make sure that the flour is wet (20 seconds).
  3. Put the bowl on the kitchen table for 12-18 hours with a bit of plastic on top (look at the pictures). Extremely simple.

The Baking / Bread-making

  1. Turn on the oven 15-20 minutes before working with the dough to make sure it very hot. Put the oven heat to the maximum about 5-600 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a fan-assisted oven then use that.
  2. Cover the table in wheat flour (see pictures). Then pour out the dough. It very “wet”, which means that you may only touch it very briefly or else it will be very sticky.
  3. Put one side at a time to the opposite side of the dough (see pictures). Do this 1-4 times. Do NOT knead the dough. If you knead the dough the large holes will go away.
  4. Split the dough into 3 breads (pictures). Roll it shortly in the flour. You may pull it a bit to make the bread fit the jelly roll pan.
  5. Put the pan directly into the very hot oven. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  6. The bread must have a black crust in the ends before finishing.

The world’s greatest Ciabattas are now ready to serve…
Bon appetit…

 

Tips:

  • You do not have to buy expensive Italian flour. The most important thing is the amount of protein. Just buy the cheap flour from your locale grocery! If you find flour that contains more than 12 grams of protein per 100 gram of flour this will make the bread and holes bigger.
  • The Italian Ciabatta breads may be frozen afterwards. When you want to use them just take them from the freezer and put them directly in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes. Let them rest for a couple of minutes after taking them out of the oven (before serving).
  • If you got a fan-assisted oven you may even make 6 breads at a time (obviously you need 2 pans). Give them 1-2 minutes more.
  • If you don’t have 12-18 hours for the yeast and sour-ness to develop you may cheat a bit. Just put in 10 grams yeast and 10 grams of suger (and use warm water)

 

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7 tanker om “World’s greatest Italian Ciabatta bread with large holes (Recipe)

  • december 5, 2017 at 17:39
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    Dear sir,
    I really found your recipe for italian ciabatta bread amazing. It comes with big wholes inside just like the real ciabattas. Moreover, the crust of the bread is just amazing. THANKS.

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    • december 6, 2017 at 05:18
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      Dear Jaideep
      Thanks for appreciation. I really love this big holes as well 👍
      Take care.
      Lars

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  • december 5, 2017 at 09:09
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    I love this recipe. It gives the ciabatta bread a lot of big holes. Very Italianlike and love the acidity from the long preparation.
    Thanks you very much

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    • december 6, 2017 at 05:12
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      Hi Sangreb.
      I’m really happy that you liked it. I was so glad when I found this way of making the ciabatta bread. It’s so delicious
      Best

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    • december 6, 2017 at 05:26
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      Hi Sangreb
      First of all, thanks for the nice comment. I actually replied some minutes ago but I can’t see the answer so here we go again.

      I’m very happy that you found the recipe to be great. I really love the Italian ciabattas SO much.

      Best wishes

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  • december 3, 2017 at 13:15
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    Great recipe. Truly the best recipe in the world… And very Easy. Thanks a lot… I am SO happy I found your page. I have tried a lot of recipes but this is by far the best version I’ve tried.

    Take Care
    John

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