Speedy Ciabatta Bread: A Quick And Easy Recipe

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Classic Ciabatta Bread

Ingredients

– 4 cups bread flour
– 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 1 packet active dry yeast
– 2 cups warm water
– Olive oil

Steps

Easy Ciabatta Bread
Easy Ciabatta Bread

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar.
2. Dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
3. Pour the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until a sticky dough forms.
4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel, and let it rise for 1-2 hours until doubled in size.
6. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C) and place a baking stone or sheet pan in the oven to heat up.
7. Punch down the dough and divide it into two equal pieces. Shape each piece into a long oval loaf.
8. Place the loaves on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with a damp towel, and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
9. Brush the tops of the loaves with olive oil and slash the tops with a sharp knife.
10. Bake the loaves for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crusty. Let them cool before slicing and serving.

Ciabatta Bruschetta

Ingredients

– 1 loaf ciabatta bread
– 2 tomatoes, diced
– 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
– Olive oil
– Salt and pepper

Steps

1. Slice the ciabatta bread into thin slices and brush with olive oil. Toast in the oven until golden brown.
2. In a bowl, mix together the tomatoes, basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
3. Top each toasted ciabatta slice with the tomato mixture.
4. Serve as a delicious appetizer or snack for your next gathering. Enjoy!