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40Total Time
20Prep Time
20Bake Time
A little effort


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About our ciabatta recipe

The classic staple, that is a warm ciabatta surely has to be the bake to master if you want to experience the best of bread baking? The versatile loaf is another artisan Italian bread which goes perfect with almost anything.

Why not create your own ciabatta garlic bread, or the perfect accompanyment to hot soup on a cold winters' day?

Are ciabatta and foccacia the same?

Focaccia is lightweight and cake-like where as ciabatta has a dence dough and chewy texture. Focaccia is also baked as a flatbread, whilst ciabatta is baked as a loaf and can be sliced into pieces.

Ciabatta makes the perfect sandwich with chewy crusts, whilst focaccia is a yummy antipasto or appetizer. I don't know about you, but our tummies are rumbling.

40Total Time
20Prep Time
20Bake Time
A little effort


  1. Step 1:

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

  2. Step 2:

    Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.

  3. 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. 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. Step 5:

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

  6. Step 6:

    Leave on a wire rack to cool.


    • 50g Very strong white bread flour
    • 450g Allinson's Strong white bread flour
    • 2 tsp Unrefined golden granulated sugar
    • 1.5 tsp Salt
    • 1.25 tsp Easy bake yeast
    • 4 tbsp Olive oil
    • 285ml Warm water

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