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Quick ciabatta

Ready In 90 mins

Serves 8

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Ingredients

  • 75 ml tap water, luke-warm
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 160 grams all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Oil for greasing
  • Ice cubes

Method

  • Mix water and yeast together in a large bowl and wait until yeast is foamy. It shouldn’t be more than 10 minutes.
  • Stir in flour to form a smooth dough and let it rest for about 20 minutes.
  • Add salt, then transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface, and knead about 10 minutes until elastic. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a cold oven. In about 45 minutes dough will double in size.
  • On a lightly floured work surface shape into an 8-inch x 6-inch rectangle. Fold longer sides towards the middle, then fold the 6-inch sides towards the middle. Return dough to the bowl, cover and place in oven. It will double in size in about an hour.
  • Place a cast–iron skillet on the bottom rack of oven and a baking tray on the rack above. Heat oven to 240°C. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface, and cut into 2 equal pieces; shape each piece into an even loaf. Place both on a lightly floured sheet of baking paper. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let it rest until it doubles in size again.
  • After about 45 minutes uncover. Pull out the oven rack with the baking tray on it and, using the corner of the parchment paper transfer onto the baking tray.
  • Place ice cubes in skillet. Bake until gold and crispy on the top, about 25 / 30 minutes. When done, knock on the bottom of the bread – when hollow, it’s baked through. Enjoy!

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