Here is a recipe for a perfect ciabatta bread! Ciabatta means "slipper" and is so named because it's flat, oval shape resembles a well-worn slipper. It is from Veneto in the north of Italy.
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 is a bread with a very high content of liquid and therefore a very hard bread to make by hand if you are a beginner. It is a very wet and sticky dough so if you prefer feel free to use a kitchen aid 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! If you are a beginner we suggest you to try first our Easy Ciabatta recipe.
Makes 2 large Ciabatte