With the beef stew I love to serve this no knead ciabatta bread! I love this bread recipe because its the easiest bread I've ever made! No kneading and hardly any mixing! It rises overnight, then you just dump it onto a baking pan and bake it! You can't get any easier than that! This bread is nice and crispy on the outside, with a soft airy inside!
|EASIEST CIABATTA BREAD|
DIRECTIONS;In a large bowl mix yeast and luke warm water with the salt.
Add flour and stir til flour absorbes all the water. The batter will be very sticky and lumpy, but thats perfect!
Cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temp with no drafts. I keep mine in my oven, with the oven light on. Its the perfect place because its warm and draft free.
Let rise for 12 hours.
When ready to bake, cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle the paper with a very thin layer of cornmeal. This will keep the bread from sticking.
Take the dough out of the oven, if thats where you put it to rise, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Now just dump the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, scraping it out of the bowl with a wooden spoon. Do not punch down the dough. The less you handle the dough the more airy it will be...which is just what you want.
Now gently rub some olive oil over the top and sides of the dough. Then sprinkle with desired seasonings...I used garlic powder and grated parnesan cheese.
Place on middle rack and bake for 25 minutes or til VERY brown, as in my photo.Then remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 mintues. Then slice and serve warm.I love to serve this with herbed olive oil for dipping or I serve this with stew to soak up the gravy!