Ciabatta Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup semolina flour


Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture and stir until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it for 10-15 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a large, greased bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours until it has doubled in size.
  5. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough into a long, narrow rectangle.
  6. Dust the top of the dough with semolina flour and transfer it to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rise again for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  9. Using a sharp knife, make shallow slashes across the top of the dough.
  10. Bake the bread for 20-25 minutes until it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  11. Let the bread cool on a wire rack before serving.


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