Thursday, March 25, 2010

One Minute Ciabatta Bread

I stumbled across this recipe while adventuring on the internet. I read the directions, and had a "no, it can't be THAT easy" moment.

Well, folks, I made it. It is that easy. It's the crock pot chili of breads. Put it all in a bowl and forget about it for 8-12 hours (ours was 6), then pop it in the oven.  No kneading required.

So, without further ado..

One Minute Ciabatta Bread Recipe (this one's for you, Nate)

1/4 teaspoon of granulated yeast (or equivalent)
 2 cups of warm water
1 teaspoon of salt
4 cups of all-purpose flour (do NOT pack the flour into the measuring cup)

Mix water and yeast first in large bowl, then dump in salt and flour. Mix enough so that the dough is wet (you may need to add more water).  Let sit 6-12 hours, covered with plastic wrap

go off and work on your garden, clean the house, visit friends, see an opera, hike the Appalachian trail.. whatever is going to keep you away from the bowl. Just forget it and have fun.

Preheat the oven to 400.

Spread some flour and maybe some cornmeal on a cookie sheet.
Dump dough onto sheet.
This is where you can get fancy ... add herbs (oregano, basil, garlic?), cheese..  if you want.

Put bread in oven for about 25 minutes.
Bread is done when it is golden and when you thump it, it sounds hollow.

Let bread sit for 10 minutes, cooling.


We had Caprese-style sandwiches with the Ciabatta. Thick slices of tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, pesto.. and chicken* if you have it!

*I'm a big ol' vegetarian, so G had the chicken and he said it was very good.

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