ciabatta – attempt # 1…

Oh good grief no! It was an absolute and total disaster. Check this out…

Don't show any Italians...

Don’t show any Italians…

That doesn’t look like ciabatta to me. They actually came out looking like Indian flatbreads and were pretty solid. The recipe called for an oven temperature of 475 degrees F and my fire alarm went off about 3 times the oven was smoking so much…

It’s taken me this long to get over the shock and be able to talk about it. These went straight in the trash and I thought they might set fire to the trashbag they were so hot!

Right now, I feel like ciabatta may be my nemesis… that and french bread (baguettes). There is something so comforting about the breadmaker. If something goes wrong, it’s the breadmaker’s fault. If I have to knead by myself and am personally responsible for proving the bread, then it’s crushing when it doesn’t work, which it hasn’t so far.

The ciabatta dough was so runny, I couldn’t pick it up. It just ran through my fingers like very wet sand, although annoyingly, a lot of it managed to stick to my fingers too. Sigh.

I won’t repeat the recipe here for you. What’s the point? We know it doesn’t work. But interestingly, I used the other half of my biga in my Italian Herb Bread recipe, and that worked a treat. So the biga is not the problem. It is handmaking the bread, and so far, no great ciabatta recipes. So I will just have to keep trying…

I must take consolation from the fact that my Italian Herb Bread is so amazing.

I’m off to look for a new ciabatta recipe… I must be out of my mind…

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