I am a little premature on this, the #7 BBA Challenge bread. I have been looking forward to baking Ciabatta, and being a the beach with my husband’s family is the perfect excuse. I made a little garlic + olive oil dish and some tapenade for dipping, but the bread is great on it’s own.
I was a little concerned about how the bread was going to turn out for a few reasons. First, I was working in a foreign kitchen, many miles away from my trusty kitchen aid. Second, i accidentally left the poolish out on the counter overnight. Even after sitting out for 11 hours, texture looked fine to me, so i put it in the fridge. for a day Today, when i was making the bread, i managed to follow all the directions properly, but the (somewhat) poorly outfitted kitchen that was a challenge. Luckily, i had brought along our pizza stone for making pizza on, and managed to find a baking sheet to use as a peel. In stead of a mister, i used my water bottle to squirt water at the oven walls.
The moment i pulled the bread from the couche, it sort of puddled on the baking sheet. I was happily surprised and impressed at how much the dough rose in the oven as a result of the tray of water and mist. i think this has turned out to be the prettiest bread i have ever made.
Check out more photos on FLICKR!
You may find a portion of the recipe on googlebooks.
19 Comments so far
Leave a comment