Ciabatta is a small, very soft Italian bread. The name means "slipper". It normally takes a long time to prepare as a special leaven called "biga" is used, but this simplified version is quicker and just as good.
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Last modified on: October 24th 2017

For 15 Ciabattas, you will need:

Change these quantities to make: 5 Ciabattas 15 Ciabattas 30 Ciabattas 45 Ciabattas

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Several days in a towel bag.

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #1
Pour 200 ml milk, 150 ml water, 9 g salt, 15 g caster sugar and 50 ml olive oil into a pan, and warm over gentle heat.

You can also melt all these ingredients in a bowl in the microwave for 1 minute.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #2
Tip 500 g flour and 20 g yeast into the bowl of a food processor, then add the warmed liquid.

Stage 3 - 6 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #3
Knead on minimum speed for 5 to 8 minutes, until the dough is evenly mixed and elastic.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #4
Tip out onto the worktop without flour, and stretch...

Stage 5 - 5 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #5
... 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.

Stage 6 - 2 hours
Ciabatta : Photo of step #6
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.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #7
After this time, tip the dough out onto the worktop, press to expell the CO2 gas that has formed, and shape into a ball.

Stage 8 - 10 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #8
Cut the ball of dough into smaller pieces of about 50 g.

Stage 9 - 10 min.
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.

Stage 10 - 5 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #10
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...

Stage 11 - 2 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #11
And lay the plastic sheet over the glasses, so that the dough does not stick to it.

Stage 12 - 5 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #12
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.

Stage 13 - 20 min.
Ciabatta : Photo of step #13
Cook for about 20 minutes until golden brown, then leave to cool on a wire rack.


Ciabattas are great on their own, but you can use them to make delicious sandwiches, or for hamburgers.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,441 Kcal or 10,220 Kj63 gr400 gr66 gr
122 %24 %38 %10 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
259 Kcal or 1,084 Kj7 gr42 gr7 gr
13 %3 %4 %1 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
163 Kcal or 682 Kj4 gr27 gr4 gr
8 %2 %3 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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