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Sunday, January 18, 2009

ciabatta? you betcha

Kaytie wanted some crusty rustic bread to go along with her roast chicken dinner, so she suggested I make ciabatta. I agreed, but I was afraid. I was petrified. I knew I could never bake without you by my side...

No, seriously. I looked in the Bread Bible, only to learn that Rose Levy Berenbaum had to try ciabatta nine times before she figured it out. What chance did I have?
It was easy. Well, easy may be a bit of an overstatement. But because I had the Bible, I was able to make some delicious, airy ciabatta. (Also, I've been weighing my ingredients. I think it really helps.) I cannot recommend this book enough. Buy it.
I am not going to post the recipe I followed for ciabatta. You'll just have to get your own Bread Bible. (The only change I made to the recipe was letting the starter rise in the bathroom - it's the warmest room in our house.)


  1. You can at least give your mother the bread recipe, can't you?

  2. My mom used to let the bread rise in the hot-water heater closet, for the same reason!