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A ciabatta loaf whole on a white tea towel


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2.36 stars based on 25 ratings

Break from the norm and try this wonderful Italian bread. Delicious freshly baked.

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  • Serves:2
  • Skill level:medium

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  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Put the flour, sugar, salt and yeast into a bowl. Mix to a soft dough with the oil and water.

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  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Divide the dough into two pieces. Stretch each piece into a rough circle about this size of a dinner plate and then fold like an envelope to give the traditional ciabatta shape.

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Place the loaves on a greased baking tray and leave covered with a tea towel until slightly risen. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan, gas mark 6).

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Dust liberally with flour and bake in an oven for 15-20 minutes until well risen and puffy.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Leave on a wire rack to cool.