Rosemary Ciabatta Bread

My family loves this bread which can be shaped however you like, adjusting baking time as needed. I often make rolls stuffed with salami and Provalone cheese…so good!

Ingredients

  1. 1 packages (2 and 1/4 teaspoons) yeast
  2. 1 1/2 cup hot water like you would use to wash your hands Not too hot!
  3. 4 cup bread flour (all purpose also works but not preferred )
  4. 1 1/4 tbsp sugar
  5. 2 tsp table salt
  6. 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  7. 3 tbsp good olive oil plus a little more for drizzling on top
  8. 2 pinch kosher salt

Method

  1. In a small measuring cup or bowl (2 cup capacity) Add yeast and 1/4 teaspoon of the sugar Add hot water and gently pinch the yeast between fingers to dissolve Set aside
  2. In the bowl of your food processor or mixer (with dough hook) add flour table salt remaining tablespoon of sugar and rosemary Pulse once or twice to mix
  3. When yeast has started to get a little foamy: with mixer running pour the liquid into dry ingredients being careful to get all the at in
  4. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil continuing to mix until dough comes together in a ball
  5. Add a little more flour if necessary but your dough should by very sticky
  6. Dump dough onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic- about 20 times
  7. Shape into ball and place into oiled bowl Cover loosely and leave in warm place for 75 minutes
  8. When dough has doubled in size dump it out onto lightly floured surface and knead just a few times to deflate Do not over knead
  9. Divide dough in half and shape into two small loaves Place loaves on baking parchment Then press down and outward to flatten them to about one inch thickness
  10. Cover loosely with plastic wrap which has been sprayed with cooking oil spray and set in a warm place until doubled in size – about 40 minutes
  11. Meanwhile Preheat oven to 375° When dough is ready and oven is hot Remove plastic wrap poke top of bread with fingers to create slight indentations
  12. Drizzle olive oil lightly and evenly over bread Sprinkle with kosher salt
  13. Slide parchment onto baking sheet or preferably onto hot baking stone in oven
  14. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown

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