Ciabatta (Italian Slipper Bread) Recipe

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Ciabatta (Italian Slipper Bread)
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  • 2 tbsp water (105-115 f)
  • 2 tbsp warm milk (105-115 f)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Make sponge: Stir together, warm water and yeast.
  2. Let stand 5 minutes, until creamy.
  3. Transfer yeast mixture to another bowl and add room-temp water and flour.
  4. Stir for 4 minutes.
  5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  6. Let stand at cool room temp at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.
  7. Make bread: Stir together yeast and milk in small bowl and let stand 5 minutes, until creamy.
  8. In bowl of standing electric mixer, with dough hook, blend together milk mixture, sponge, water, oil and flour at low speed until flour is moistened.
  9. Beat on medium for 3 minutes.
  10. Add salt and beat for 4 more minutes.
  11. Scrape dough into oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap, until doubled- about 1 1/2 hours.
  12. Note: Dough will be VERY sticky and full of bubbles.
  13. Cut two pieces of parchment paper, approx 12 inches by 6 inches.
  14. Place on baking sheet and flour well.
  15. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and cut in half.
  16. Transfer each half to paper and form irregular ovals approx 9 inches long.
  17. Dip fingers in flour and dimple loaves.
  18. Dust tops with flour.
  19. Cover with dampened kitchen towel and let rise 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until almost doubled.
  20. At least 45 minutes before baking bread, pre-heat pizza stone on lowest oven rack position at 425°F.
  21. Transfer 1 loaf, along with parchment paper, onto stone and bake for 20 minutes or until pale golden.
  22. Remove to cooling racks and repeat with second loaf.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 271.01 Kcal (1135 kJ)
Calories from fat 33.63 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.74g 6%
Cholesterol 0.1mg 0%
Sodium 585.99mg 24%
Potassium 80.6mg 2%
Total Carbs 50.43g 17%
Sugars 0.26g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.48g 6%
Protein 8.54g 17%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Calcium 21.4mg 2%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 221.61 Kcal (928 kJ)
Calories from fat 27.5 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.06g 6%
Cholesterol 0.08mg 0%
Sodium 479.16mg 24%
Potassium 65.91mg 2%
Total Carbs 41.24g 17%
Sugars 0.21g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.21g 6%
Protein 6.98g 17%
Iron 2.2mg 15%
Calcium 17.5mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 5.4
  • 7

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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