Ciabatta

Ingredients

700gStrong Wheat Flour
300gStone-Ground Flour
900gWater
200gSourdough StarterOptional
20gYeast
20gSalt
15gBread Improver

Overview

  1. Mix together all the dry ingredients
  2. Add 600g of the water and mix it well
  3. Add the sourdough starter if you're using it
  4. Gradually add the remaining water
  5. Add the yeast

Cooking

30 minutes at 230°C for 300g pieces, 10 minutes of steam.

Procedure

At 90% hydration, this bread is very wet. Using a kneading machine is recommended as this recipe requires quite a long kneading.

Start by mixing together all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add 600g of the water and mix until the water is well incorporated. At this point, if you're using sourdough, you can mix it in as well.

Continue adding the remainder of the water bit by bit, mixing well in-between.

Knead until passed the Windowpane Test, add the yeast and incorporate it. Divide into pieces and shape them into long, wide batons.

Cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 230°C with steam for the first 10 minutes of the cooking.

Let the loafs cool down on a wire rack.