First Time Making Ciabatta

5 bucks a loaf of bread is a killer!!! We’re spending too much money on buying them lately. So I decide to make my own. Since we eat a lot of sandwiches at lunch, I picked Italian ciabatta. I’m not new at making breads but they were mostly Japanese style pans or breakfast soft breads. I usually use my bread machine to rise the dough and shape it by hand. Then I bake them in the oven. Making ciabatta is still the first time for me.

It’s actually harder than I expected. The dough came out so sticky and wet than the ones I made before. I almost thought it would become a failure. But they turned out to be alright.

The crust was a tad soft so I let it  bake a little longer for the 2nd batch. This time the crust got a lot darker and harder.

Hmm after cutting the bread, it looked pretty good. It’s got crunchy crust and big holes inside. I think for the first time, I did good.

I used some fresh basil to make the pesto to go with the bread.

I also picked some of the green leaves to make my salad. This is the best salad I’ve ever tasted. Compared to these baby fresh greens, the store bought litterally look and taste like grandpa and grandma. I used strawberry balsamic for the dressing.

4 Responses to First Time Making Ciabatta

  1. amynaree January 28, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    OMG looks so good, I need to start making my own bread too hehe

  2. coffretgorge January 28, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    ooooh! good job LS! the holes in the ciabatta look lovely! it looks so delish with the pesto. yum yum! i actually love to bake… sadly, i don't have time to do so 🙁 i enjoy baking cakes 🙂

  3. Mihoko January 28, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Very very impressive. See the bubble pockets in the bread.. Makes me hungry ^^

  4. Crystal January 28, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    The bread looks soooo yummy!


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