Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread

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For the Starter Sponge:
1 cup Bread flour
⅛ tsp Active dry yeast
½ cup Water warm (between 105-110 °F)
For the Dough:
2 cups Bread flour
2 tsp Salt
½ tsp Active dry yeast
¾ cup Water warm (105-110 °F)
¼ cup Whole milk

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Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread


When someone first suggested that I bake my own bread, I thought they were nuts but this Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread recipe is literally so simple that I would never think about buying store-bought ciabatta again. For a bachelor like myself, I was really proud of how my bread turned out and it was worth every effort. Simple ingredients and step by step instructions below!

To make Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread

Steps to make Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread


Prepare sponge starter


In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of flour with ⅛ teaspoon of active dry yeast and ½ cup of warm water until it all comes together without over mixing. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 12 to 24 hours.


Prepare dough


In a stand mixer, combine the activated sponge starter with 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, ½ teaspoon of active dry yeast, ¾ cup of warm water and ¼ cup of whole milk. Using a paddle attachment, mix on a low speed for 1 minute and scrape down all excess bits from the sides then increase the speed to medium-low and continue mixing for about 5 minutes until a sticky dough forms.




Using the dough hook, knead the bread on a low speed for about 2 minutes. Then increase to medium speed and knead for 8 another minutes. The dough should still be sticky. No need to add more flour.


First rise


Transfer the kneaded dough to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside, at room temperature, for about 1 hour to rise until doubled in volume.


First fold


Lightly grease a spatula with cooking spray and use it to fold the dough. Begin by gently pulling a ¼ section from the edge over the dough, over itself and into the middle. Rotate the bowl about 90 degrees and fold again. Continue doing this about 6 times with a total of 8 folds and 2 complete turns of the bowl.


Second rise


Re-cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for another 45 minutes to rise until doubled in volume.


Second fold


To fold the dough a second time, repeat the directions from step number 5.


Third rise


Cover the bowl, a third time, with plastic wrap and set aside to rise again for about 45 minutes.


Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 450 °F and place a baking stone on the middle oven rack.


Divide dough


Once risen, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, dust the top with a few sprinkles of flour and divide into 2 equal pieces.


Shape loaves


Gently shape the dough pieces into 12×8-inch rectangles, taking care to not work the dough too much then fold the short sides again towards the center to form 8×4-inch rectangles.


Final rise


Transfer the loaves to a baking sheet lined with baking paper and lightly sprinkled with a bit of flour. Cover, loosely with some plastic wrap and set aside for a final 30 minutes to rise before baking.




Gently poke the loaves into 10x6-inch rectangle shapes and dust off any excess flour and lightly spray with a bit of water mist. Do not soak. Bake in the preheated oven, on the baking stone, for 5 minutes, then spray again, twice, with water mist. Finally, bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and baked in the center.



Cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

You don’t need to be a professional baker to make these Easy Homemade Ciabatta Bread loaves. Let us know how your own loaves turn out and tag us in some of your own pics online using our hashtag #cookmerecipes!

Jeff is a 38-year-old bachelor who prefers not to waste his time on salads and light meals. He’s a true carnivore who knows how to enjoy food to the max! Jeff will tell you how to cook rich and filling meals from scratch, bringing some real meaty decadence to your kitchen. His recipes are sure to satisfy every meat lover!

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Total Reviews: 15
Krystal Welk

Used coconut milk to make this ciabtta vegan.

Angelique Lien

Ciabatta is usually very hard to make i'm surprised you guys managed to skillfully tell us each step one by one WITH pictures which mustve taken a lot of time. It helped so much and I managed to perfect this recipe on the first try, really satisfied with the quality of this cooking site and how my food always turns out fantastic.

Maisy Coar

Italian bread is the best kind of bread but the store bought always turns solid in a day if you keep the bag open, i'm not sure what magic was added to this recipe but it's been soft for half a day now just sitting on my plate!

Coraline Allrich

This was pretty good, took a long time to make but i certainly think it was worth it.

Kadence Meher

Going to make this alongside some pasta with salmon everything looks great.

Addalynn Scarpati

Takes way too long to bake this and mine turned out hard as a rock 2 hours later after taking it out from the oven..what did I do wrong?

Jenesis Muhammed

Made some cheesy garlic bread from this ciabatta, very amazing taste and texture would recommend for anyone having second thoughts.

Anneliese Feigelson

Served it as a side dish with some ham cheese and cucumbers for an office party, huge crowd pleaser everyone loved the bread.

Whitley Mcraney

I thought all bread was technically vegetarian? Im confused.

Violeta Vakili

Feels a little on the bland side, I don't taste much of a difference from this and the storebought.

Maryjane Jedziniak

Shaped mine into a heart and tossed in some chocolate chips to the dough, amazing.

Greta Lannie

Grate bread i made for a picnic.

Campbell Skuba

Imagining how great this is going to taste just by the smell of it in my oven lol.

Kelsie Wininger

Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. Exactly the kind of bread i was looking for :)


Great recipe!

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