classic Ciabatta Bread Recipe

You must try this super satisfying Ciabatta Bread Recipe.

Ciabatta refers to a long, flat, airy bread with a thick, crunchy outer crust.

Ciabatta bread is available in many varieties, as it is often stuffed with onions, chestnuts, raisins or other ingredients before baking.

Shown below is a basic recipe for Ciabatta Bread.

Ciabatta Bread Recipe


  • active dry yeast
  • warm water
  • all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


1. In a small bowl stir together 1/8 teaspoon of the yeast and 2 tablespoons of warm water. Let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy.

2. Stir together the yeast mixture, 1/3 cup of the water, and 1 cup of bread flour.

3. Stir for several minutes, then cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let stand room temperature for 24 hours.

4. After 24 hours

5. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 teaspoon yeast, 2 tablespoons warm water, and brown sugar. Let stand 5 minutes, or until creamy.

6. Using an electric mixer, blend together yeast mixture, sponge, 2/3 cup warm water, 2 tablespoons oil, and 2 cups of flour at low speed until flour is just moistened.

7. Add salt and mix until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

8. Scrape dough into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

9. Let dough rise at room temperature until doubled, about 90 minutes.

10. Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface and divide it in half.

11. Transfer each half to a greased baking sheet sprinkled with flour, and form into an oval about 9 inches long.

12. Dimple loaves with floured fingers and dust tops with wholewheat flour.

13. Cover loaves with a dampened kitchen towel, and let rise at room temperature for about 2 hours.

14. Preheat oven to 425 F (220 degrees C).

15. Bake loaves 15-20 minutes, or until light golden brown.

16. Let loaves cool on a wire rack.

Makes 2 loaves

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