For 15 Ciabattas, you will need:
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).
Resting : 2 hours
Cooking : 20 min.
Start to finish : 3 hours 21 min.
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Per Ciabatta : 0.10 €
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Step by step recipe:
Knead on minimum speed for 5 to 8 minutes, until the dough is evenly mixed and elastic.
Tip out onto the worktop without flour, and stretch...
... then fold back on itself a number of times.
You can see how to do this in the recipe for leavened bread which has videos showing the movement.
Next place the dough in a bowl, cover with a plastic sheet, and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume, which will take 2-3 hours.
After this time, tip the dough out onto the worktop, press to expell the CO2 gas that has formed, and shape into a ball.
Cut the ball of dough into smaller pieces of about 50 g.
Then roll each piece under your hand to make a nice ball and place on a baking sheet, as shown in this short video.
You will see that you should try to keep both thumb and little finger straight (these roll the ball), and the other 3 fingers curved over the top.
The dough is very sticky, which is quite normal, but means that they risk sticking to the plastic sheet when covered again.
This little trick will help to avoid this: place a glass in the middle of each sheet between the rolls...
And lay the plastic sheet over the glasses, so that the dough does not stick to it.
Leave the rolls to rise and double in volume for 1 or 2 hours in a warm place.
Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F).
Just before baking, brush the rolls with a little milk to help them brown.
Cook for about 20 minutes until golden brown, then leave to cool on a wire rack.
Remarks:Ciabattas are great on their own, but you can use them to make delicious sandwiches, or for hamburgers.
Last modified on: February 17th 2012