Thursday, 19 January 2017

No-Knead Ciabatta.

No-Knead Ciabatta - Budget Bytes: (with Step By Step Photos).
Ciabatta bread, which according to Wikipedia literally means, "carpet slipper".
The recipe and technique in the video are a little different from the basic no-knead recipe.
The dough is wetter, it ferments for 18 hours at room temperature and is shaped into a long, fairly flat, ciabatta shaped loaf.
If you can’t time the dough just right to ferment for 14-18 hours, you can actually slow the fermentation by putting it in the refrigerator for a few hours.
When I need to leave it for about 24 hours, I pop it in the fridge over night (8 hours), then let it come to room temperature before continuing.
4 cups bread flour (I used 3 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup wheat)
Note: you can use All-purpose flour if you want
1/4 tsp/teaspoons yeast
2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp/teaspoons salt

OR for make a “half batch” loaf:
2 cups all-purpose flour (plus some for dusting)
1/8 tsp/teaspoons instant or "bread machine" yeast
3/4 tsp/teaspoons salt
1 cup water
1/2 Tbsp/Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tbsp/Tablespoon corn meal

I made a “full batch” loaf!
In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, and yeast.
Stir the dry ingredients well until they are evenly combined.
Add the water and stir it until a wet, sticky ball of dough forms and no flour remains on the bottom of the bowl.
Loosely cover and let sit at room temperature for 14-18 hours to ferment.

After fermentation, the dough should be wet, sticky, very bubbly, and fluffy.
Dust the top of the dough and your hands with flour.
Carefully scrape the sticky dough from the bowl, adding a small amount of flour if needed to keep your hands from sticking.
Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and stretch it into a long, 12-16 inch loaf.
It's okay if the loaf is lumpy and uneven.
The dough will be very soft and sticky, so don't worry too much about the shape.
Prepare a baking sheet by smearing olive oil over the surface and then sprinkling with cornmeal.
Carefully pick up the loaf and transfer it to the prepared baking sheet, reshaping it as needed.
Let the dough rise for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F.
Make sure the oven is fully preheated before the bread goes in, because it needs that sudden blast of hot air to really puff up.
Put in preheated oven (220C/425F) and bake the loaf for 35-45 minutes (for half batch - 25 minutes, or until it is golden brown.
Let the bread cool on a wire rack before slicing.

- An interesting thing about this bread is that you use only 1/8 tsp of yeast!

- how to time no-knead bread:
If you wish serving a meal with bread around 5PM - 6PM.
Start the loaf at 5PM.
The first rise is 12-18 hours (longer rise=tastier bread) so that would take you to 11AM.
The second rise for 2 hrs, which takes you to 1PM/13:00.
For baking ~1 hr - 14:00.
You need at least 2-3 hr to cool cover it with cloth before slicing - the famous health reformer Sylvester Graham said bread shouldn’t be eaten until at least twelve hours old!
Bread fresh out of the oven needs time for the gluten to set completely.
Breads is best when they are completely cooled to room temperature.
So, I'm serving a meal with bread around 17:00!

Adapted from Food Wishes with Video Recipe.
Italian No-Knead Ciabatta
Step 1 Place in a Rising Bowl the Cover with foil, let sit for 18 hours at room temperature.
Step 2 Use a spatula to punch down and fold over for a few times.
Step 3 Oil a heavy duty baking pan. Sprinkle corn powder generously.
Step 4 Spill some water on a work surface of a table, lay on a plastic.
The plastic won't move when you work on it.
Spread some flour on the plastic, Dump in the bread flour (dough).
Add more dry four on the top of the dough.
Pull in and stretch the dough in order to make it in a long and flat shape.
Step 5 Bring the plastic with the dough to the edge of the baking pan, flip it over so the dough is in the baking pan nicely.
Add some dry flour on top. cover and let rice for 2 hours.
Step 6 Then bake in an oven at 425 for 35-45 minutes.
This No-Knead Ciabatta came out beyond delicious, and it combines light crust outside, and a chewy, yet tender inside.

How to Make No-Knead Ciabatta Bread - Amazing Italian Bread - YouTube: "Video - How to Make No-Knead Ciabatta Bread - Amazing Italian Bread"

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