Ciabatta bread… sometimes good sometimes bad

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.

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Author: caseyangelova

Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgaria

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