This is an Easy no Knead, One bowl Italian Ciabatta Bread. Two hours and you can have Homemade Bread for lunch or dinner. Makes the perfect Sandwich too!
I never really grew up around fresh baked bread. My mother was an amazing sweet baker and a great cook but not a bread maker.
But then I moved to Italy, and of course bread is a serious business here. Whether it be the local bakery or Homemade. The Italian’s mother made all their bread when they were growing up.
And then not so much after, so it became a wonderful treat when she did make it. From Homemade Italian Ciabatta Bread to Focaccia to Pizza.
We couldn’t wait to get our hands on it!
How to make No Knead Ciabatta Bread
- In a small bowl add 1/4 cup water, honey and yeast, let sit for 5 minutes, then stir.
- In a large bowl add the flour.
- Make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture and the remaining water.
- Mix with a wooden spoon, add the salt mix again.
- The dough will be loose and sticky.
- Sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough, cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a draft free area for 1 1/2 hours.
- Lightly flour a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Gently move the dough from the bowl to the prepared cookie sheet, making sure the top of the dough (the floured part) remains on top.
- With a spatula form the dough into an oblong shape and bake for approximately 20-30 minutes. Let cool and slice.
How to tell when bread is done
You can tell bread is done when you tap on the bottom of the loaf and there is a hollow sound, but if you want to be 100 percent sure, then using a thermometer is your best best, the bread is baked when the centre of the loaf registers 200 to 210 degrees.
What is Ciabatta Bread
This bread is originally from the North of Italy, from the Province of Rovigo in Veneto Region. It is a flat, elongated bread with a light texture. It is a very simple bread, made up of a very high quantity of water. It produces a very large crumb. And is considered a typical old fashioned Italian bread.
More Delicious Yeast Breads you may Enjoy!
- Best Pizza Dough
- Homemade Olive Oil Bread Rolls
- Sweet Surprise Dessert Bread
- Easy Focaccia Bread
- Traditional Italian Ciabatta Bread
Why I became intrigued with bread making I have know idea, it started in my early twenties and went from there.
I also discovered that bread making isn’t nearly as difficult as I thought and this Italian Ciabatta (Ciabatta meaning Slipper in English, because of the shape and flatness of the bread).
How to store it
Keep the baked cooled bread, closed in an airtight bag, for 2-3 days. You can freeze it in freezer safe bags, defrost the bread in the refrigerator as needed, passing them in the oven for a few minutes to revive them. It will keep up to 2-3 months in the freezer.
This Bread is just that and delicious too. The perfect sandwich or dipping bread! I hope you enjoy it!
Homemade Italian Ciabatta Bread
- 3/4-1 cup + 1 tablespoon water lukewarm (divided) (200-245 grams)
- 1/2 teaspoon honey (or granulated sugar)
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 cups + 3 tablespoons all purpose flour (divided) (260 grams)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a small bowl 1/4 cup of water, honey and yeast, let sit 5 minutes then stir.
- In a large bowl add the flour , make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture and 1/2 cup of water (if too dry then add the extra 1/4 cup 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach a wettish dough). Mix together with a wood spoon, when almost mixed add the salt and combine. The dough will be loose and sticky. Sprinkle the top with 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour.
- Cover the bowl with a large tea towel, place in a warm, draft free area and let rise for 1 1/2 hours.
- Pre-heat oven to 425F (220C), line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour.
- Carefully move the dough from the bowl to the prepared cookie sheet, making sure that the floured top of the dough remains on the top.
- With a spatula form the dough into an oblong loaf, place 5 or 6 ice cubes on a pan on the bottom of the oven to create vapor or add the pan when pre-heating the oven and pour 1 cup of very hot water into the pan before adding the dough. Bake for approximately 20 - 25 minutes. Let cool and serve. Enjoy!