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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Ciabatta Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge

One of the technical challenges on The Great British Bake Off 2014 set by bread baker Paul Hollywood, was Ciabatta. The challenge was to bake four Italian ciabatta bread loaves using Paul's recipe, below.

Ciabatta is something I have never baked before so was looking forward to testing 
Paul Hollywoods recipe.

500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
10g salt10g instant yeast
40ml olive oil
400 ml tepid water
Fine semolina for dusting (optional)

1. Lightly oil a 2-3 litre square plastic container.
(It’s important to use a square tub as it helps shape the dough).

2. Put the flour, salt and yeast into the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook (don’t put the salt directly on top of the yeast). Add the olive oil and three-quarters of the water and begin mixing on a slow speed. As the dough starts to come together, slowly add the remaining water. Then mix for a further 5-8 minutes on a medium speed until the dough is smooth and stretchy.

3. Tip the dough into the prepared tub, cover with a tea towel and leave until at least doubled, even trebled in size – 1-2 hours or longer.

My tub was too shallow, or my dough was growing fast. My dough started off where the pen mark is on the tub, so it has more than trebled in size.

4. Heat your oven to 220°C and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment or silicone paper.

5. Dust your work surface heavily with flour – add some semolina too, if you have some. Carefully tip out the dough (it will be very wet) onto the work surface, trying to retain a rough square shape. 

Rather than knocking it back, handle it gently so you can keep as much air in the dough as possible. Coat the top of the dough with more flour and/or semolina. Cut the dough in half lengthways and divide each half lengthways into 2 strips. You should now have 4 pieces of dough. Stretch each piece of dough lengthways a little and place on prepared baking trays.

6. Leave the ciabatta dough to rest for a further 10 minutes, then bake for 25 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the base. Cool on a wire rack.

Here they are my finished loaves !

1 comment:

  1. They look amazing!!! Am loving the blog saffron...why have I only just discovered it?? Fab! I love reading your recipes. Xx


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