The Mellow Bakers have been working on Ciabatta this month. We had three different versions to choose from: Ciabatta with Stiff Biga, Ciabatta with Poolish, or Ciabatta with Olive Oil & Wheat Germ. I decided to make the *Ciabatta with Olive Oil & Wheat Germ * the day before Christmas Eve so we would have an easy and quick dinner on Christmas Eve.
Ciabatta means slipper in Italian. The dough is very wet and slack so you typically don’t shape this bread, you just divide the dough and stretch out the pieces a little bit. When I made Ciabatta for the BBA Challenge , the loaves turned out looking like an old shoe rather than a slipper. My second attempt turned out better, but it still wasn’t my favorite dough to work with.