Do you own a bread machine? If you don’t then you can still make this by hand but I highly suggest getting a bread machine. Growing up in a very Greek household I grew up eating psomi. (Bread) We love loved it. 🙂
One of my favorite types of bread is Ciabatta. Great for making sandwiches & dipping in olive oil and other sauces. Yum, My mouth is watering talking about this. Read below for the recipe.
Ciabatta Bread recipe
(Makes 2 loaves)
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
I like to add in some fresh herbs like dill, basil, and oregano
Place ingredients into the pan of the bread machine in the order you see above. Select the dough cycle and start.
Dough will be quite sticky and wet once cycle is completed, try not to add more flour. Place dough on a lightly floured board, cover with a large bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.
Lightly flour or use parchment lined baking sheets. Divide into 2 pieces, and form each into a 3×14 inch oval. Place loaves on prepared sheets, dimple surface, and lightly flour. Cover, and let rise in a draft free place for approximately 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Dimple dough for a second time, and then place loaves in the oven, positioned on the middle rack. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. During baking, spritz loaves with water every 5 to 10 minutes for a crispier crust. (I like to use a spray bottle to spritz.)
I usually buy this olive oil from Costco that I really like that is extra virgin olive oil. It tastes great when u add sea salt & -a little balsamic vinegar to it. Add some fresh cracked pepper as well.
I also attached a great olive oil to the right. Check it out. Mani Imports is a awesome company and some of my friends work there. Please check out there website at http://www.maniimports.com/
I love the name of the company esp because my dad is from Mani, greece 🙂