Monday, January 4, 2010

Simply Delicious Ciabatta Bread



Yesterday Alfred requested that I make him some ciabatta bread. I was more than willing because I love to bake - but I haven't baked much since I gave up sugar and wheat - and because I welcome any task that distracts me from the work I should be doing (this holiday break has turned me into one lazy girl!). Baking bread in the winter is also great because it really warms up our chilly apartment!

In my bread eating days ciabatta was one of my favs, but I had actually never baked any, so I went to google in search of a recipe. I quickly found a wonderful no knead recipe complete with a short, easy to follow video tutorial. (Here's the link
http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2009/01/no-knead-ciabatta-bread-you-can-believe.html).
The bread is relatively thin (kind of like foccacia). It is perfect on its own, but it's also great with soup or made into a sandwich.

All the recipe requires is flour, salt, yeast, water, and a hefty dose of time (it requires an 18 hour rise). The long rise produces a bread with a lovely stretchy, chewy crumb. It took a lot of will power (and my all too recent memories of stomach pain) to keep me from indulging! Alfred is not easy to please, and he gives it two thumbs up.

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