Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ciabatta Bread

As I was looking through The Bread Bible for my next challenge, the picture of this bread caught my eye. I have never worked with a wet dough before, which is the key to getting the large holes in the bread. The recipe was simple, a biga of water, yeast and flour, and that plus some salt for the rest of the dough. Usually I like to add some flax seed, wheat germ, etc to "healthy" it up a bit, but to get the characteristic holes that was not an option.

It turned out well for my first shot, I am getting much better with breads now, yea! The holes weren't as big as I would have liked, but they were good and the crust was nice and crisp.

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