Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bread Baker’s Apprentice: CHALLENGE #7 Ciabatta

Last week I went out of order and did the 8th recipe because I wanted something 'sweet' to serve my special guests but I guess that is a no no. Sorry Nicole!!!!
I must do them in order. I told you I'm a rebel...........well sort of.

Here is my try at the 7th recipe called Ciabatta in the Bread Baker's Apprentice book.
I forgot my "S"so I added one in with my Paint Shop Pro program. LOL!
I will be making this again and again. VERY TASTY and chewy crust. :)


The crumb isn't open as Peter Reinharts but hey I tried. :o)

35 comments:

  1. I haven't posted about my Ciabatta yet, but my crumb looks exactly like yours. I was kinda disappointed. I thought I was finally going to learn how to make holey bread (not in the biblical sense, of course) Your bread does look beautiful! And... lol@ your PSP "S", ya lil cheater!

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  2. The bread is very tasty so looks don't matter.:)

    I love your S, must not forget the S.:D

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  3. I wasn't disappointed at all because the taste is SO very good. :)
    We can both try it again though sometime eh?
    Thanks and am I really a cheater???????????? LOL!
    Susie

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  4. Oggi,
    Yes, looks don't matter. :) Thanks for liking it and yes I must not forget the "S".
    Susie

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  5. I've tried this several times before. It's hard to get the big holes.
    We'll let you get by with the photoshop S ... once ;)
    It is great eating bread isn't it.

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  6. MyKitchenInHalfCups,
    Thanks for letting me 'get by' with the NON bread "S". :)
    Yes eating bread is awesome.
    I know I didn't do the fold technique right. Didn't know it until I read the directions over about 15 times. :)
    Thanks,
    Susie

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  7. Congratulations on your new grandson! And the ciabatta looks great - you have the perfect crust. That one loaf looks a little pregnant, don't you think? ;)

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  8. I also did not get the open crumb. Will be posting later so you can see. I think I was not gentle enough with the handling. As long as it tasted good, that's the main thing, right? Have a great weekend. Congrats on your adorable new grandson.

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  9. Congrats on your cute new grandson!

    I actually made the ciabatta the first week I got the book, but just haven't posted it yet. :) Yours looks great!

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  10. I love how tall yours sprang! It looks great :) Mine are fermenting on the counter right now, so I was visiting around everyone's blogs to see what theirs looked like :) It seems like the poolish version has less water than a typical ciabatta does (only 72%) so perhaps that's the reason why so many of us are not getting an open crumb? The biga version actually has a higher hydration (79%) so maybe we should all give that one a try!

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  11. Madam Chow,
    Thanks! Grandbabies are special.
    Thanks for liking my ciabatta too. It was so tasty. Yes, one of them looks pregnant. LOL.

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  12. Hi Cindy
    Yes, the main thing is the tast. You have a great weekend too and thanks on the congrats. New grandbabies are neat. :)

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  13. PheMom,
    Thanks! Can't wait to see what you came up with.
    :)
    Susie

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  14. Jen,
    Thanks!
    I read I think on the forum "Fresh Loaf" about it not having the proper water amount. I didn't think it was a 'loose' as I had seen in some videos. I put all the recommended fluid in.
    This is fun for sure.
    Susie

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  15. lol! I was actually looking for the S on the ciabatta and then I finally saw it.

    Ciabatta is one I am really looking forward to.

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  16. Hi Jeff,
    LOL, I will no doubt run out of "S" ideas. :)
    Can't wait to see your Ciabatta. It is a great tasting loaf for sure.
    Susie

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  17. Your Ciabatta looks really great! I'm looking forward to making it myself. You're getting way ahead of me.
    Cathy

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  18. Cathy,
    Thanks! :) I have to get a head because we are going to vacationing ALL of August. :)
    Susie

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  19. Your ciabatta looks good Susies1955. I'm making mine tomorrow. I fried up the onion & herb mixture today to fold in during the turns. (I'm scared to death to make this bread, I've been dreading it from the beginning. lol)

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  20. TheMissingPiece,
    Thanks,
    Your fried onion herb mix sounds great. Maybe I will do it next time.
    You'll do great,
    Susie

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  21. YUM! I can't wait to get to this recipe.

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  22. Thanks Pinkstripes. :) You will love it
    Susie

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  23. I had the same problem with my ciabatta! I was so disappointed I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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  24. Jenni R,
    I wasn't disappointed. The taste made up for any holes missing. LOL.
    Susie

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  25. Your ciabatta looks great. I'm making mine this weekend. YUM.

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  26. pinkstripes,
    You will love the taste of this loaf. Hydrate it more than he says. :) Thanks,
    Susie

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  27. Susie, I love Ciabatta...mine wasn't as holey eaither, but I cut it too soon to really tell.

    Happy Bakes 2 U!

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  28. coffeegrounded,
    Thanks! The taste is what matters and it sure is hard to wait till they cool. :)
    Thanks.
    Susie

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  29. Mine wasn't that holey either, but we sure loved the flavour and texture. I made a much-higher hydration version a few days later that gave me the big holes, but I don't like the texture as much. Ah well.

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  30. Laurie,
    I would MUCH rather have taste than looks for sure. :)
    Susie

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  31. I love the creamy, soft texture of ciabatta. My ugly loaves were just as tasty as the pretty ones! Sometimes it's just what's inside the crust that counts. ;-)

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  32. Allison,
    Yup, you're right. It's the taste that counts most. :)
    Susie

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  33. Holy cow woman! You are so far ahead, that is awesome! Your ciabatta looks great (but not as great as that cutie-patootie grandson in the post before - what a doll!)

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  34. PheMom,
    LOL! Thanks!
    Our grandson will be here this weekend. YEHA.
    Susie

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  35. Lol. I love the S. =) Your ciabatta looks yummy. It sounds like lots of people have been having trouble getting big holes. I'm working on this recipe today; we'll see how it turns out.

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