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Ciabatta Bread Recipe – Love it!

 Ciabatta Bread Recipe- Love it!

Ciabatta (in English prenounced (cheeyah baht’ tah)

Ciabatta is an Italian white bread made from wheat flour, water, salt, olive oil and yeast, created in 1982 by a baker in Adria, Veneto, Italy, in response to popularity of French baguettes. Ciabatta is somewhat elongated, broad and flat and is baked in many variations.

While panino indicates any kind of sandwich regardless of the bread used (whether slices or a bun), a toasted sandwich made from small loaves of Ciabatta is specifically known as a panini (plural of panino) outside of Italy.

Ciabatta was first produced in 1982 by Arnaldo Cavallari, a baker and miller from Adria, a small town close to Venice in Veneto. Cavallari and other bakers in Italy were concerned by the popularity of sandwiches made from baguettes imported from France, which were endangering their businesses, so set about trying to create an Italian alternative with which to make sandwiches. The recipe for ciabatta came about after several weeks trying variations of traditional bread recipes, and consists of a soft, wet dough made with high gluten flour.

Cavallari called the bread ciabatta Polesano after Polesine, the area he lived in, and registered it as a trademark. The recipe was subsequently licensed by Cavallari’s company, Molini Adriesi, to bakers in 11 countries by 1999.

Many regions have their own variations on the original recipe or a bread which closely resembles ciabatta, and which has become accepted as a variety of ciabatta; the ciabatta from the area encompassing Lake Como has a crisp crust, a somewhat soft, porous texture, and is light to the touch. The ciabatta found in Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche varies from bread that has a firm crust and dense crumb, to bread that has a crisper crust and more open texture, and in Rome, it is often seasoned with marjoram.

New variations of the recipe continue to be developed. Wholemeal ciabatta are known as ciabatta integrale and when milk is added to the dough, it becomes ciabatta al latte.

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6 Responses to “Ciabatta Bread Recipe – Love it!”

  1. I love your site!! Full-blooded Italian here who loves to cook. This ciabatta bread looks so delicious and easy to make. Can’t wait to make it!!!

  2. I love your website. Full-blooded Italian here who lived to cook. Your ciabatta recipe looks wonderful and so easy. Can’t wait to make it. Ciao!!!

  3. Sure would be nice to get a printable recipe of your breads, or am I missing something?

  4. Marilyn Armstrong Reply 26th July 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Yummy looks wonderfully delicious. .

  5. thanks, can’t wait to try this recipe, I make hockey pucks most of the time whenever i try to make bread, thanks for the video!

  6. Love your take on no knead ciabatta bread.
    I only have 30 minutes to wait for my first
    baking. Can’t wait.

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