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1 day Ciabatta

GalacticOverlordDesignate's picture

1 day Ciabatta

1 Day Ciabatta

Sightly enriched, rustic dough, indirect method, ca. 8 hours elapsed time to make.
Yield 4 medium Ciabatta loaves and 12 fat rolls.


475 gm 12% or more protein content white flour
25 gm rye
700 gm hot water,
2 teaspoons instant yeast*

Mix all ingredients and whisk until smooth and showing elasticity, loosely cover and leave on counter 4 hours, fermentation will be vigorous.


The poolish
500 gm white flour as above
20 gm salt
6 tablespoons dried milk
2 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk the oil into the poolish,make a well of the dry ingredients on the counter and rough mix, the dough will be sticky. Using one hand and a bench knife in the other grab the dough with your fingers, pull straight up and let slap down onto the counter. Keep doing this until the dough is very elastic, takes me 2-3 minutes. The dough should be stretching 12-18 inches and reasonably smooth but it doesn't have to be perfectly smooth.**

Sprinkle a little flour over the dough and counter and gather the dough together, it is very soft but coherent and elastic.

Stretch and fold 4 times at 10 minute intervals.

Leave, well floured, covered, on the counter to double.

Without knocking down cut the dough into 8 pieces. Divide 4 of the pieces into 3 making the 12 rolls.

Stretch and fold each piece to a fat roll or loaf.

proof en couche , seam side up to double and very wobbly

Bake the rolls first, inverted, at your oven's top temperature immediately turned down to 220C, about 10 minutes, internal temp 94C.

When the rolls are baked, and the oven has recovered, invert and stretch the large dough pieces into the correct Ciabatta shape and bake IMMEDIATELY same oven temperatures as the rolls, ca. 20 minutes, same internal temperature

So light it almost flies.

Put the poolish on in the morning, Ciabatta for supper or dinner.

*Yes, 2 teaspoons is a hell of a lot for a poolish but it's a short preferment and there's no extra yeast in the main dough.

** You could, with equal effect run it through a heavy duty mixer with a dough hook at MEDIUM speed for 5 minutes or so.

weavershouse's picture

Somehow I missed this till now. Looks great and I'm going to give it a try. Great job.                    weavershouse

RollEXE's picture

I tried making Ciabatta for the first time today. It took so long, right into late in the night, even though I started in the morning. It takes to long to ferment.


So, I'm going to try making this next time. It seems promising. :)


Maybe it won't take so long this time.