Make restaurant-menu ciabatta bread at home. All you need are six ingredients.
- ¼ teaspoon regular active dry yeast
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup Gold Medal® Better for Bread™ flour
- ¾ cup water
- teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
- 2¼ cups Gold Medal® Better for Bread™ flour
- ¾ teaspoon regular active dry yeast
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- In small bowl, stir starter ingredients until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand at room temperature 12 to 24 hours.
- In large bowl, mix starter and all bread ingredients except cornmeal with heavy-duty electric mixer using dough hook on medium speed 4 minutes or in food processor fitted with metal blade for 1 minute. Dough will be very sticky.
- Grease medium bowl with shortening or cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap; let rise at room temperature about 1 hour 30 minutes or until double in size. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched. Gently stir down dough with rubber spatula. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise 1 hour longer.
- On generously floured surface, divide dough in half. Gently press each half with floured fingers into 10-inch-by-4-inch rectangle. Sprinkle cornmeal over large cookie sheet; place loaves 3 inches apart on cornmeal. Using spray bottle with fine mist, spray tops of loaves with cool water. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let rise 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours or until almost double in size.
- Heat oven to 425°F. Using spray bottle with fine mist, spray tops of loaves with cool water. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
Makes 2 loaves (12 slices each)
To let dough rise, set the covered bowl in a warm, draft-free place. You can also place the covered bowl on a wire rack over a bowl of hot water or in a microwave beside a cup of steaming hot water (don’t microwave the dough).