Cracked Pepper and Thyme Ciabatta

22 Oct

I love fresh baked bread, there is just something about pulling it out of the oven and having that delicious fresh baked bread smell fill your house! The outside is crunchy, the inside is warm and fluffy, it is a genuine treat. My girlfriend and I are obsessed with ciabatta bread and this recipe has some outstanding flavors that make this bread so good you can eat it all by itself! The olive oil adds a rich aroma, the pepper provides for a nice strong bite, and the thyme is fresh and herbaceous!

Heres what you need:

3 cups flour

1 packet dry active yeast

1 cup room temp water

olive oil

salt

cracked black pepper

fresh thyme

Heres what you do:

1. In a large mixing bowl sift flour and add a pinch of salt. Mix it all together. Dig out a small hole in the flour and pour in the yeast and water. Mix water and yeast gently with your finger and leave for 5-10 minutes, until yeast forms bubbles.

2. After bubbles have formed add handful of chopped thyme, cracked pepper, and 4 tbls olive oil. Mix ingredients together with hand to form a nice ball of dough. It should be firm and not sticky.

3. Transfer dough to floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Push your palms into the dough, fold and turn. Repeat this process until dough is pliable. Transfer to a lightly floured bowl cover with a damp towel and let it rest for 1 hour. Dough should double in size.

 

4. Remove dough to floured surface and give it a light knead to expel all the air. Form it into a nice 1 in high loaf and transfer to an lightly oiled and floured oven tray. Cover with damp cloth and let rest 1 hour, dough should double in size.

5. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Dust top of bread with flour and bake for roughly 30 minutes, until bread has slightly browned. Pull from oven and enjoy your nice and toasty fresh baked Ciabatta.

For a nice flavor dip in olive oil and balsamic with some cracked pepper. I also love a little butter spread on mine, it melts the moment it hits the bread!

 

Cheers!

 

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