Monday, March 12, 2012

Free And Easy Bake-Along #20 : Ciabatta

The sandwich looks nice yah?? Do not be deceived by the picture >.< The result of this Ciabatta does not turns out well as I am expecting. Do not attempt this recipe if you do not have a standalone mixer!! I used my handheld mixer which does not do a good job in kneading this sticky dough! I may have overbeaten the dough and added too much liquid to it. Only if I ever get a better mixer, don't think I will try this recipe again hehehe, not that this recipe is not good, hope on to The Kitchn and see how the nice pictures attracted you :D

Buttered Ciabatta with mayo tuna, sliced tomatoes, yellow & red capsicum

the loaf did not brown alot, looks like underbake but is not....dunno why

cross-section of the loaf, the crust is crispy though but the texture is not as fluffy....

looks closely and you can see that certain section is very dense

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn


  • 60ml water
  • 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 65gm plain flour

Dissolve the yeast in the water. Add the flour and stir to form a thick, gloppy paste. Give it a good fifty or so brisk stirs to build up the gluten. Cover and let sit at room temperature eight hours or overnight.

By the next day, the biga will look soupy with many big bubbles dotting the surface.

this is how the biga looks like after ferment for 1 day

Ciabatta (I halve the recipe, for full recipe please click the link below)

  • 240ml water + 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • Biga
  • 300gm plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Details Steps Please Click Here


kitchen flavours said...

Good morning, Peng! Thank you for baking along with us! Your bread has a lovely crust. I think you are right, a handheld mixer is not the same as a stand mixer, this could affect the result as the beating is definitely not the same. If you have a bread maker, maybe you could try making one as it does not need any beating, the one I posted today does not require any beating at all. It is a good and interesting experience, nevertheless. I had one failure too, with crispy crust but dense interior, my guess is too much liquid too! Am trying again! :)

Peng said...

Hi Kitchen Flavours :D Indeed is a great experience making this! too bad i dun have a bread machine also :P I also found a recipe which dun need to beat at all and does not need a mixer, will try again also :P

Zoe said...

Hi Peng,

A typical ciabatta usually made of soft and hard to handle dough. It is not as fluffy as most bread and can be crusty depending on the recipe used. I knew that this will happen but was lucky that I still manage to "survive" this bake. There are two type of ciabatta that I was surprised that both turned out to be nice.

You are right that mixing ciabatta using a hand held mixer is quite difficult. In fact, it is even easier to mix by hand than mixer for some recipes :p

angeline said...

Oh for me, yours is already a success. I just made it yesterday, haven't know what is my outcome yet. Will bake tonight and see.

Peng said...

Angline...hehehe hope to see urs soon!

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

Hi, this is my 1st visit to your blog! Your ciabatta is the 4th ciabatta that I've seen today after seeing Joyce's, Zoe's & Lena's. So lucky to know you here & becoming your 145th follower!

Peng said...

Tks Jesse!!! :D

Unknown said...

You all did a great job! Hope I manage to get mine done and post in time. Cross finger :D

lena said...

i think all of us here are first timers making a ciabatta and so there were some unexpectations.I just knew there's also a no knead ciabatta which i saw in mu comments today, i think that would be very useful for those who do not own a stand mixer. Seriously, if you never tell that your ciabatta is not as nice as you expected, i can never tell cos it looks fabulous!

Eileen@Hundred Eighty Degrees said...

It's already a great success being the first timer baking ciabatta. I haven't got the gut to try out...hehe..

Peng said...

Eileen...I believe in practise makes perfect ^-*

Jeannie said...

Hi Peng, you were very brave to make this using a hand mixer! I think that is a feat in itself! Looks good for first timer:) I am sure the next one would be better!

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