homemade italian ciabatta bread sliced on a wooden board
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Homemade Italian Ciabatta Bread

Homemade Italian Ciabatta Bread, an easy Italian Bread Recipe, perfect for dipping or using as an appetizer. Delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Rising Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Bread and Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: ciabatta bread, homemade bread
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 998kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen


  • 1 cup 2 tablespoons water (divided) (tepid)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups All Purpose flour
  • 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 remaining water. 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.  Bake for approximately 20 - 25 minutes. Let cool and serve. Enjoy!


Calories: 998kcal | Carbohydrates: 203g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2342mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 12.1mg