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Ciabatta- 3 small loaves or 2 large
3 1/4 cups of Mature Poolish ready for final dough
3 cups of bread flour
1 3/4 tsps of salt
1 1/2 tsp of instant yeast
6 tab to 3/4 cup of water room temp
In mixing bowl add poolish with all of the ingredients. Blend well til flour is hydrated well. Continue to mix for 5 minutes with paddle, til dough comes away from the sides. This is very sticky dough, if it isn’t you need more water. They suggest starting with 6 tab and up to 3/4 cup of water. I used it all.
Prepare counter top with flour, add dough on top and pat down with floured hands. Let rest 2 minutes and then proceed to stretch and fold procedure. Then cover for 30 minutes and repeat process. Then cover again and proof for 1 and half hours to 2 . Then proceed to cut into 2 pieces and place in a couche. Proof for 60 minutes then bake in preheated oven with steam at 500 and then turn down after 30 seconds. Bake for another 15 minutes.