Ok, let me start by saying Don’t be intimidated by bread baking……especially this one. So easy. Please try it. People get so afraid of yeast and kneading the dough. This uses just a wee bit of yeast and there is NO KNEADING. Yep, you heard right. No kneading. See, there?
I love bread. I wish I didn’t. But it’s just so good. Rolls, bread, biscuits….I like them all. Big sigh. But my all time favorite bread is a good ciabatta bread. It’s a nice chewy, full of little nooks and crannies, Italian bread. It’s so good for a sandwich, as it really holds up nicely. Ohhh, and toasted with butter??? Yes please, so good. Or just dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar…..ohhhhhh, so good! Let’s make bread.
No Fuss Ciabatta Rolls
3 cups of bread flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast (yes, only 1/4 tsp)
12 oz room temp water
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water and stir until it all comes together. Cover with plastic wrap and let it just rest for 8 hours, on your counter.* Dump it out onto a floured surface. Pat it down with your hands and fold it over. Then fold it over again. Give it another pat down. Cut it into 6 equal sized pieces. Shape into rolls and place on a baking sheet. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise another 1 hr. While it’s rising, preheat your oven to 450. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to rest a few minutes.
* You can do the 8 hour rest in the refrigerator over night, if you want. But be sure your dough is in a large bowl.
Note: you can just shape this into a single loaf if you don’t want to do rolls. Just add 4-5 minutes to your baking time.