Feb 6, 2017

Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread

Easy Ciabatta Bread

Look what I made! It was just an experiment but it turned out to be amazing! Anyone can make no knead bread without a Dutch oven. The secret is to create steam inside the oven just like it’s created inside a Dutch oven. And it’s easy. Steam is what makes a crispy crust and it’s really easy. What you do is put a small pan in the oven before you preheat it and then when it’s hot, you put in the bread to bake and pour some hot water into the small pan and it bursts into steam right away and fills up the oven. Then you quickly close the oven door to keep the steam inside and after 30 minutes, you will have an amazing loaf of ciabatta bread with a soft interior full of lovely holes and a beautiful golden crispy crust.

You can use a variety of pans to create the steam (do a google search for ideas if you like) but I find that process is not easy on the pan. I prefer this disposable foil pan because it’s small and fits right next to the baking pan in my oven. But if it does not fit on the same rack as your baking pan, just place it on a rack below. You may have to remove a rack to make room but whether beside the bread or on a rack below, keep it off to the side and don’t put it directly under the bread. Either way, place the muffin pan close to the front for easy access. Here is how I place mine and how you can place it below if your oven is smaller.

I pour about 3/4 cup of hot tap water into 3 or 4 of the muffin cups. It’s good to use an oven glove when you pour the hot water because it creates steam right away and be sure to close the oven door immediately so the steam can’t escape. You can re-use the muffin pan, although it will turn dark. So there it is. I hope my photos help and now everyone who does not have a Dutch oven will be able to make this fabulous no knead, easy, homemade crusty ciabatta bread. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

13 Comments on "Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread"

  1. June

    Dear Jenny,
    You are so clever and funny, I love to have you in my life by watching your Videos. I have not been able to have success making the no knead bread but I keep trying.

  2. patricia cavanaugh

    Jenny, you are a doll. Love your videos, especially the no-knead bread. Have you tried using arrowroot flour, coconut flour and almond flour mixed together? I am going to try it, but before I do, I would like to know if it would be okay for your recipe. My family has a problem with wheat flour. It must be genetic. I have a granddaughter with irritable bowel syndrome and a daughter, Jennifer, with celiac, which makes it impossible for her to eat anything with flour in it. Her 11-year-old son is autistic and has dietary limitations also. He can only have arrowroot or coconut flour. My whole family has gone gluten free, except for me. I am too stubborn!! Maybe it’s because I’m 81. It’s hard to change at this late date. Love your adorable personality, you are fun and so helpful, Jenny.

    • Jenny

      I’m sorry to say that this recipe needs gluten. You may have to look for another type of bread recipe.

      • June

        Dear Jenny, I am not gluten free but have a recipe for a no knead gluten-free bread. I would be happy to share it.

  3. Sigrid K Shafer

    I will try the bread recipe tomorrow….having company.

  4. Peter MacManus

    Thanks so much for this awesome breadmaking recipe and method. Our partners now request rolls when we come to their house. Thanks again.

  5. Carol

    I have read that some people had trouble with the oven glass cracking with this technique. I used this twice a few years ago with no issues.FYI

  6. Jules

    Do you have plans to make any more cooking videos? I love them!

  7. Colleen

    Hi Jenny! I was wondering if this dough would allow for add in’s like raisins and walnuts, perhaps? If so, at which point does one add them into the dough? Thanks!

    • Jenny

      I make no knead fruit & nut bread (you can see the recipe in “Breads”) and I add the fruit & nuts in at the beginning when I put the flour/water mixture together.

  8. Dalila G.

    Jenny,
    So nice to see another post from you in my inbox! 😊
    Your Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread recipe is going to be another wonderful bread for me to make…. **happy dance** !!
    Thank you for posting your pictures on the steaming process, they’re very helpful.
    Have a nice evening Jenny!

  9. CaryKK

    I am so glad you are back in my life again. This wonderful video popped up on YouTube. I kept saying to myself, “I know that voice.” The recipe is delightful. I also watched your cabbage roll video. One day, try coring and freezing in a zip bag a head of cabbage. Thaw slowly in the fridge. The leaves will be fresh and limp and ready to roll. The expansion of water during freezing burst the cells and make the leaves limp.

  10. Jeanne

    I love every one of your recipes. Thanks for sending this one too me!

    Jenny you rock!

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