Posted December 2, 2012on:
Ciabatta, or literally “slipper bread”, is very simply an elongated and broad Italian bread. It has a chewy exterior crust and a soft, porous interior with lots of holes, great for making sandwiches.
Baking tends to require more exact measurements than cooking, so a weighing scale makes life much easier and accurate. And for a more traditional and complex flavour, it helps if you prepared a biga the night before to use.
What follows is a pictorial series on baking a ciabatta.