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Quick No- Knead Ciabatta Bread

Quick No- Knead Ciabatta Bread

A recipe for some amazing Quick No- Knead Ciabatta Bread, ready in under 2 hours!

Course Bread
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manuela Zangara

Ingredients

  • 700 gms – 5 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 520 gms water – 2 ¼ cups lukewarm
  • 7 gms – 2 ½ tsp dry yeast
  • 17 gms – 3 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast and honey in the water. Mix well and let it activate for 5 minutes or until frothy.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add ¾ of the flour and salt. Mix and add the yeast and water mixture.
  3. Whisk well, then add the remaining flour and whisk until just combined (you can do all the whisking by hand as well, without using an electric mixer).
  4. Cover and let it sit in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Sprinkle a little water on the bench top. Place 4 pieces of plastic wrap on the wet bench top and sprinkle some flour onto them.
  6. Put 1/4 of the dough on each piece of plastic wrap
  7. Punch down the dough and mold each piece of dough into a ciabatta shape without tugging it too much or it will gain too much strength. Make sure your dough is not very thick (about 2.5 cm – 1 inch thick is ideal).
  8. Pick up one piece of plastic wrap and flip it over a baking tray lined with baking paper to drop a ciabatta so that the side covered in flour faces upwards.
  9. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C – 390°F for 30 – 35 minutes. Put a small pot of hot water in the oven to maintain a high level of humidity for the first 15 minutes, then remove it and bake for the remaining 15 – 20 minutes.
  10. When ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool down on a wire rack.

Recipe Notes

This bread freezes very well. I usually make a double batch and freeze it in Ziploc bags as soon as it cools down to room temperature. When you want to eat it, thaw it at room temperature and put it back in a hot oven for 5 minutes, or until the crust is crunchy again. It will be exactly the same as when you first baked it!