5 Minute Homemade Ciabatta

January 19, 2012

Trying more bread recipes from my "bread book" is on my list for 2012 so yesterday was the day.  It had been a while since I made ciabatta bread and I had a bit of a hankering for it, so I whipped up a batch of mixture ready to be baked today.  It is the same recipe I wrote about here.

The beauty of this particular bread recipe is that you make up a batch and put it in the fridge overnight, then you just tear a piece off and throw it in the oven whenever you wish to bake some.  The mixture keeps well in fridge for about 2 weeks.  The flavour actually improves I think.

The recipe I use comes from the book “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” and you can click here to view the complete recipe and full instructions on their website.

To give you an idea of how simple it is, here are the ingredients:

3 cups lukewarm water
1.5 tablespoons granulated yeast
1.5 tablespoons salt (you can reduce or eliminate)
6.5 cups flour
...then you basically just combine everything in a container and wait!

My honey bought me this book for my birthday last year, and another one (also by them) called “Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day”.  If you like the idea of baking your own bread it is really well worth a read. 

Today’s loaf was sliced, toasted and grilled with lashing of cheese until melted, bubbling and dribbling over the sides. 

So good enjoyed with a lovely hot cup of tea and 15 minutes of quiet time while the poppet slept.


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