I got this recipe from The Little Italy Cookbook, so I am not sure about posting copyrighted material. Just google ciabatta and see what you get. I am sure there are great ones out there. I am still looking for the best one. But this book was a good place to start.
I planned on starting the bread in the morning, so it would be ready by dinner, but I had some timing issues again! The first step was to make a spongy starter called “Biga”, which took 3 hours to rise. After that. You needed to use only one cup of the starter to start the dough, which took about 30 – 45 minutes to make. Then it needed to rise for 2 1/2 hours. So, I am over 6 hours into the bread making and it is not even ready yet. Next, step was to take 1/4 cup pieces and form into loaves, then let them rise again for 2 hours.
After all the mixing, kneading and rising it was close to 10pm and we were starving. When the ciabatta finally came out of the oven they looked and tasted great.
A week later, I decided to make the bread again, but this time I tried to start earlier, so we could actually have dinner at a normal hour. The only thing is I must have done something different because it was not great, tasty, but not like the first time. The problem is it is hard to pinpoint where things went wrong, should I have sifted the bread, use a different flour, oven temp… I guess I will just have to do it again, but this time make notes of what brands I am using etc…
Don’t be discouraged. Make bread! Fuck carbs.