Here is a recipe for a perfect ciabatta bread! Ciabatta means slipper because of the shape of the bread.
It is from Veneto in the north of Italy. It is a bread with a high content of liquid, with at least 75% of water on the full weight of the flour.
It's crunchy and brown on the outside and bubbly and fluffy on the inside.
This ciabatta bread makes great sandwiches or can be eaten even as a daily bread served just with extra virgin olive oil.
This ciabatta recipe has a very high content of liquid, about 100% of water compared to the full weight of the flour! It is a very wet and sticky dough but do not be tempted to add more flour or it will change the dynamic of this great recipe and you will lose that perfect open crumb texture!
This recipe makes 2 large ciabatta or 4 smaller ciabatta!