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How to Make Ciabatta Bread

Updated on November 27, 2012

Easy Ciabatta Bread Recipe

This Ciabatta Bread recipe (also known as "slipper bread") is bread in one of it's simplest forms. Some traditional recipes for Ciabatta can take days to make but this simplified recipe will put delicious crusty Ciabatta bread on your table within hours. No kneading, no bread machine needed and very little mixing required.

If you want to know more abouthow to make Ciabatta bread, this recipe is a great place to start and really is very easy!

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Ciabatta Bread Recipe

This very basic bread recipe is designed to put delicious Ciabatta bread on your table with a minimum of fuss and bother. Traditionally Ciabatta is made using a sourdough method involving sponge and dough stages but this recipe eliminates the sponge stage. In fact there is very little mixing at all and absolutely no kneading is required. This mix will produce 2 large loaves but you can break it into smaller portions to make other shapes or even Ciabatta rolls.

Standard metric cup and spoon measurements are used in this recipe, ie 250ml cup, 5ml teaspoon


3 Cups Bread Flour

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Sachet Activated Dry Yeast (7 grams)

2 Teaspoons Olive Oil (Extra Virgin is best)

2 - 2 1/2 Cups Warm Water

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1. Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and give a good dry mix to blend ingredients. I prefer to do all the mixing by hand with a wooden spoon but you can use a mixer if you choose.

2. Add the oil and water. Hold some of the water in reserve and add later if needed. You are aiming for a very soft sticky dough. Mix for about 10 minutes if mixing by hand, 5 minutes is plenty if using a mixer. View the videos below to get some idea of the consistency needed.

3. Now for the proving stage. I prefer to place the dough in a large plastic container with a lid (a shallow 20 litre storage container is ideal). Any container that will hold the dough is fine, you can cover with cling wrap instead of a lid if needed. Just make sure the dough has room to double in size. Dust the container very well with lots of flour. Divide the dough into 2 portions. Simply pour/scrape the dough, placing half in each side of your container. Dust the dough and shape into a rectangular form. This will help with folding later.

4. Cover the dough and let it stand (prove) for about an hour, or until it doubles in size.

5. Now uncover and dust the dough pieces. Make sure you have some flour on your hands as well for the next step. Fold the top and bottom of the dough piece into the middle. Now fold each side into the middle. Gently flatten the dough and shape into rectangular form again. Do the same for both dough pieces. Now cover, and let stand until the dough doubles in size again, about 1 hour.

6. Repeat the folding again for each dough piece, remember to use plenty of flour. Flatten, cover and let it prove one more time, until again it doubles in size. Now would be a good time to pre-heat your oven to about 240 C, or 450 F.

7. Grease or flour (you can do both if you like) a large baking tray (or use a stone if you have one). Now lift each dough piece and stretch to the length of the baking tray. This produces the traditional slipper form. Place the dough on the tray.

8. Bake in your hot oven for around 30 minutes or until golden brown and crusty. Test by knocking on the crust, if it sounds hollow, your bread is baked. During baking, you can spray the dough with water every 5-10 minutes to make it even more crusty.

9. When baked, cool on a wire rack.

Now enjoy your fresh baked crusty Ciabatta bread!

Try Baking Ciabatta on a Baking Stone

Why White Bread Flour?

Traditionally Ciabatta is a white bread. Bread flour is higher in protein than other flours. The protein forms the open cell structure of good ciabatta bread.

You could use other forms of flour and still make bread using this recipe but the texture of the bread will be more dense.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Love the recipe. Can't wait to try it!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Drooling. ;-)

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      maplesyrup59 6 years ago

      ciabatta bread is the best! I love it with roasted red pepper, eggplant and provolone cheese!

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      nadjaiskeniskie 6 years ago

      Gonna try this on the weekend. Looks easy enough. Just need me some white flour.

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      christopherlee lm 6 years ago

      HEllo Steven, nice len, and congrats on becoming a giant squid.

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      Auntiekatkat 7 years ago

      I have lensrolled this lens on to my bread and butter pudding recipe and also my Soda bread recipes.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      What is better than the smell of freshly baked bread? This looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I've always made my family bread, but never tried this. This looks too good to resist! You make it sound so easy. Mine probably won't look as good as your loaves but ...

      Thanks for visiting my Olympic lens and leaving a comment. I'll be back to see more of yours. 5*s and fav. I'm looking forward to reading more.

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      Auntiekatkat 8 years ago

      Steve i had a lens in the making on Ciabatta bread, but well this this says it all. It's a lot simpler to give you a five and favourite it and scrap mine. I have bookmarked your lens as well and will keep my eye for new lens.

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      NaturalMommys 8 years ago

      Thank you I just made my very first loaf today and YUM!!

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      lasertek lm 8 years ago

      This lens brings back all the happy memories I had with my grandmother. We used to make Ciabatta breads when I was much younger. 5*

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      myraggededge 8 years ago

      I love this lens and now it's in the Top 100! Yay!

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      sheriangell 8 years ago

      You make this look very easy, gotta try it.

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      Levitah 8 years ago

      Awesome work!

      Marking this as a favorite for sure, I'll be back!

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      jooloo 8 years ago

      Five stars. I'm anxious to try this.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      5 stars, this is the business

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      Earthenshine 8 years ago

      Great for vegan sandwiches too! I used to get some tofu cottage cheese, slab some between seasoned ciabatta bread. Probably one of the best things I've ever had!

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      MikLint 8 years ago

      Ciabatta bread is yummie!

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      Geeve 8 years ago

      Scrumptious lens Steven, ciabatta goes well with a nice wine so I lensrolled you to my "Red versus White" lens.

      Also left a much deserved 5*, so you might get pushed into the magic 100. Great stuff.

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      RobertdeVos 8 years ago

      Great lens and nice easy recipe.

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      EbizTaxTips LM 8 years ago

      I love, love, LOVE ciabatta bread! Great lens, and congrats on lens of the day!!

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      don2fuentes 8 years ago

      this is great. I'll use the tips and try to bake it this weekend. Thanks man.

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      Swagger1 8 years ago

      Nice lens. Congrats on LOTD! The bread looks delicious.

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      Y44GRAVES LM 8 years ago

      Sounds Yummy!!! Awesome Lens!!!!

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      I love ciabatta bread, but never made my own. I'll give your recipe a try...sounds easy enough! Lensrolling with my Flax Bread recipe. Congratulations on LOTD!!

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      Cynthia Davis 8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Wonderful lens! Now I'm hungry for Ciabatta bread. Congrats! *****

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      Cynthia Davis 8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Wonderful lens! Now I'm hungry for Ciabatta bread. Congrats! *****

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      quicpost 8 years ago

      Mmmmmm, sounds so delicious and so easy to bake. Loving to eat and no time to cook, your recipe seems like a champion! Thanks for your recipe lens!

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      SmallBusinessWebSolutions 8 years ago

      Awesome! i love ciabatta - the only way to eat white bread.

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      Income4life 8 years ago

      congratulations on LOTD! ciabatta ummmmm!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Ciabatta is one of our favorite breads. Thank you for the recipe and congratulations on LOTD.

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      Steven Cousley 8 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      @mariaamoroso: We use metric measurements here in Australia too. I've just made a note in the recipe that I use standard metric cup (250ml) and spoon (5 ml teaspoon) measurements. Thanks for bringing that up.

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      Steven Cousley 8 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      @Stazjia: Thank you kindly. I've just made couple of small "tweaks" I think you will like even more

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      purplelady 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I love ciabatta bread and usually get mine at Panera; but perhaps I might be adventurous and try using your recipe for making my own. I can already smell it when it comes out of the oven. Num! Great lens -- it just kneads 5 loaves, 1 roll and 1 bird.

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      LoKackl 8 years ago

      Actually appears to be easy enough from a non-baker like me. Great lens Great looking bread! congratulations on LOTD! well deserved!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Love the way you put everything together. Looks good enough to eat?;)

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yum. And congrats on LOTD!

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      Beas 8 years ago

      Ciabatta bread is my favorite, especially with olives, garlic, rosemary etc.. Thanks for the lens!

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      badmsm 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I am making ciabatta today. 5 Stars!

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      slowfoodgal 8 years ago

      Bless you for this lens. Can't wait to make my own ciabatta bread!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Yummy sounding bread!

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      TheVetNurse 8 years ago

      I absolutely love ciabatta so a real big thanks for this :-)

      And congrats on being Lens of the Day (I'm new to Squidoo

      so it took me a while to figure out what LOTD was!) oops

      So you have inspired me in two ways...Great stuff

      Oh and the picture make it so scrummy I could almost smell it...

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      desilegend 8 years ago

      I buy already pre made ciabatta mix and use it as a base for yummy pizzas.... Yummy! Conrats on making LOTD.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Sounds wonderful. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Delia 8 years ago

      congratulations on this delicious lens!...5*

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Bread is my weakness - home made bread is heavenly. Thank you for this reminder to get back on the bread - baking wagon. My baking stone is tired of only delivering pizza! Congrats on LOTD and for ruining my so-called diet. 8-P

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      irenemaria 8 years ago from Sweden

      Oh so I wish your recipes had my measures. We use liter and gram here in Sweden

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      mitchking 8 years ago

      There is nothing like a hot loaf of bread right from your own kitchen. It will make you wonder why you ever buy bread from the store.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congratulations on your LOTD. This looks yummy!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      This really is totally awesome! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      stacy mcdaniel 8 years ago

      Congratulations! Nice Lens! I have never tried it before. It looks yummy!

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      This looks delicious! I've never made this, but I buy it from the bakery all the time. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Congratulations on making LOTD.

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      I love ciabatta and had no idea there was a simple way to make it! Only 5 ingredients, fabulous. Love the way you wrote this lens too, very reader-friendly *blessed by an angel*

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      nattyno 8 years ago

      Mouthwateringly good lens ! congrats on LOTD now where is that mixing bowl. :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on LOTD and what a Delicious Recipe. I can't make bread to save my life but maybe there is hope with bread flour. Thanks for your easy-to-follow instructions and nice work on your lens. :)

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      Steven Cousley 8 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      @newbizmau: Now that was a complete surprise. I still feel like a bit of a newbie around squidoo so I really didn't expect to have an LotD. Happy Happy!! :)

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      Fcuk Hub 8 years ago

      Nice Lens. Ciabatta Bread is my favourite. Congratulation on LOTD.

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      Steven Cousley 8 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      @eclecticeducati1: Thank you very much, I really appreciate this.

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      Maurice Glaude 8 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I love Ciabatta bread. I have to save this recipe. Congrats on LotD! Today You rock!

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      YUM! Looks really good. Blessed by a Squid Angel. :)

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I love bread recipes and I love yours particularly. Your recipes are always so clearly written.

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      adoption_gifts 8 years ago

      wow you have a lot of I am a big bread fan so I will read this and check out a few more. yummy. thanks for visiting me.

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      Steven Cousley 8 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      @inkanet: Thank you kindly. Hope you enjoy making and eating your ciabatta. :)

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      inkanet 8 years ago

      Perfect lens since we are planning to bake ciabatta bread this days.

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      ReuseItAll LM 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens!! What a great bread as well! One of our favorites!!

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      Steven Cousley 8 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      @Ramkitten2000: You should try it, even if you don't make it yourself. It's one of those traditional Italian style crusty breads with lots of big holes to soak up any oils dressings etc. It's good stuff. :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Great lens! And the bread looks and sounds great too. I don't know if I've ever actually had ciabatta bread.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Do come by and see the new and revamped Culinary Favorites from A to Z group! Your lens is still being featured under B is for Bread.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      That bread looks really, really good. I think I'll get off my computer and go get a snack.

      Great lens


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      Steven Cousley 9 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      I hope so too, I'll be checking them out :)

      [in reply to KathleenH]

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      Steven Cousley 9 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino]

      And the stickier the dough the more fun it is, as well as making even better bread. Throwing lots of flour around can be fun too. :)

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I'm always buying ciabatta bread at our local Italian deli, so this recipe will be fun to try. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      KathleenH 9 years ago

      Hey Stephen! Welcome to the Bread Group! I hope you enjoy some of the other lenses here too, and I'm sure lots of people will enjoy yours. This is great!


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