Easy Ciabatta Bread Recipe with Garlic and Basil Bruschetta
If you haven’t ever tried Ciabatta bread, you are missing out! This light, airy, melt-in-your-mouth bread is a rustic bread lover’s dream. And with this Easy Ciabatta Bread Recipe you too can be baking loaves like a champ!
The thought hit me in my favorite grocery store, ready to pick up anther (overpriced) loaf of organic ciabatta bread. “Why can’t I just make this at home!?”
Unfortunately, a lot of guides out there over complicate the process, leaving me (and others) sticking with store-bought!
Fear the Ciabatta No More!
I couldn’t find a simple beginner’s homemade ciabatta bread guide anywhere, so I took it upon myself to write one! This dough is unlike anything I’ve ever worked with… it is notoriously wet and sticky. Flouring your hands won’t even fend the dough off, I ended up using wet hands to handle the dough through the entire process. Once you learn how to handle the dough, the process is so much easier.
Other than the stickiness of the dough, it is an extremely straightforward process! No need to have the yeast feasting overnight, I cheat by adding a tiny amount of sugar to speed up the process. You simply need to mix, rise, mix again, rise again, shape into loaves, rise (I know, I know!), and bake!
The real trick to an authentic crispy-on-the-outside, light-and-airy-on-the-inside ciabatta is to steam the bread while baking. This is easiest achieved by placing a shallow pan in the oven while preheating, and pouring 1 cup of water into it right before the dough goes in! I’m not exactly sure how this results in a crisper bread, but it works wonders! Just don’t be a dumbass (like me) and break your oven thermometer by spilling water all over it.
Bruschetta: The Perfect Excuse to eat an Entire Loaf
Bruschetta, oooooh bruschetta! It’s fun to type, say, prepare, and eat! It can turn any plain-old bread into a fancy finger-food. Fresh basil, garlic, and tomatoes bring this refreshing topping together. The perfect way to show off your newly-acquired bread-making skills.
It also takes less than 15 minutes to throw together, so you can totally make a batch while anxiously awaiting your bread dough to rise!