I really wanted some bread to make a sandwhich, but I was craving ciabata. I'm picky like that some days. This is a recipe fit for the bread machine I found. I quickly learned that this dough is quite tough to work with. The bread was a little flat, but had great flavor. I am going to try again without using my bread machine, but if you just having a craving, try this.
I adapted the recipe from here.
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Place ingredients into the pan of the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the Dough cycle, and Start. Dough will be quite sticky and wet once cycle is completed, resist the temptation to add more flour. Place dough on a lightly floured board, cover with a large bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes. Lightly flour or use parchment lined baking sheets. Divide into 2 pieces, and form each into a 3x14 inch oval. Place loaves on prepared sheets, dimple surface, and lightly flour. Cover, and let rise in a draft free place for approximately 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°F. Dimple dough for a second time, and then place loaves in the oven, positioned on the middle rack. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. During baking, spritz loaves with water every 5 to 10 minutes for a crispier crust. When the bread comes out of the oven, lightly brush the top with olive oil then top with a little salt.
The crust is fabulous and the inside chewy, what have you to lose?
for a shaping video click on this link