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List of ingredients for Ciabatta bread recipe

* '''for the starter'''
* ½ teaspoon Dried yeast
* 150 ml tepid water
* 3 tablespoons tepid Milk
* ½ teaspoon Honey
* 150g Strong white flour
* '''for the dough'''
* ½ teaspoon Dried yeast
* 350g Strong white flour
* ½ teaspoon Olive oil
* 200 ml water
* 1.5 teaspoons fine Sea salt

* '''Starter'''
* In a very large bowl, sprinkle the Yeast into 150 ml of water mixed with 3 tablespoons of Milk.
* Leave for 10 minutes then stir in the Honey
* Mix in 150 g of Strong white flour to make a fairly loose Batter
* Cover with a damp Tea-towel and leave in a Warm place for 12 hours
* '''Dough'''
* In a small bowl sprinkle ½ teaspoon of Dried yeast into 240 ml of tepid water, together with ½ teaspoon of Olive oil. Give it a quick stir then leave for 10 minutes to dissolve
* Add this mixture to the large bowl together with 350 g of Strong white flour and 1.5 teaspoons of fine Sea salt
* Using a wooden spoon, beat this mixture for at least 5 minutes until fully combined
* Use a silicone Spatula to collect the Dough residue from the edge of the bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave for 3 hours in a Warm place until doubled or trebled in size
* '''Proving'''
* Be very gentle at this stage as we don't to ''knock the Dough down
* Generously Flour 2 Baking sheets and have a small bowl with extra flour for your hands
* Using a Dough scraper divide the dough in two. My dough was slightly too wet so it was easier to pour the dough onto the floured sheet.
* Using well floured hands, shape the loaf by tucking the sides under themselves until you have the classic flat elongated shape.
* Repeat with the second loaf
* Preheat your Oven to 220 C (425 F - gas 7), [fan oven 200 C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour]
* Leave the loaves to Prove for 30 minutes, during which time they will spread out more
* Bake to 30 minutes in the middle of the pre-heated Oven.
* Allow to cool on a wire rack.


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