Easy Kalamata Olive Ciabatta Bread

Easy Kalamata Olive Ciabatta Bread

Daria Souvorova

2.5-3 hours
serves: Makes 1 18 inch loaf

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The bread obsession lives on! However, I have been wanting to do something other than baguettes lately, so I figured I would go for an Italian classic. I decided to bring back my Ciabatta recipe, but alter it a bit to make it even easier and faster, it worked beautifully.I am really proud of this recipe, and it is great for folks that do not want to fuss too much about baking, but come out with a delicious loaf. Generally, ciabatta is made with a sponge mixture, but that means you have to prepare it at least 12-24 hours in advance…but what if you get home at 6pm and decide you want Ciabatta with your soup that evening?? What, go to the grocery store and buy one? Lunacy!One evening a few months ago, I had this exact crisis, so I decided to combine some of my baguette ideas with the ciabatta. Instead of preparing the sponge and letting it grow, I increased the quantity of water and yeast and just mixed all of the ingredients together, kneaded them and let it rise for 2 1 hour rises the same way that I would a baguette. Wouldn’t you know it, the loaf turned out perfectly! I am so proud of it.

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You can make this ciabatta recipe without olives, and it is perfectly delicious, but today, I decided I wanted to combine my Kalamata Olive Loaf and Ciabatta to create a beautiful new bread baby! It seems I make a lot of “combinations” here at Chez Nous Dinners!

I made it again this week and wanted to share the recipe with all of you! I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups less 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup chopped, pitted, Kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus oil for greasing dough

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    1. Mix water and yeast, leave for 10 minutes.
    2. Mix flours into yeast water.
      Add salt and mix in a stand mixer with a kneading attachment until combined, and then for 10 minutes longer at medium speed.
      Add the olives and mix for a minute longer at low speed.
      The dough will seem too liquid, almost like a cake dough. This is good.
    3. Oil a mixing bowl. Add the dough and move it around to coat the sides. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil on top.
      Cover with a moist cloth, place in your oven with the pilot light on and let rise for about an hour.
    4. After an hour, the dough should have doubled.
      Smack it back down, and mix the oil in a bit.
      Cover and let rise for another 40 minutes to an hour.
    5. Preheat oven to 400°F with the convection fan on. If you don’t have a convection fan, raise the temperature to 425°F and flip the cookie sheet halfway through baking.
      Cover a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment. Sprinkle with flour.
      Dump dough onto the floured parchment and form it into an 18 inch log. It will be sticky and floppy, do your best.
      I dump mine onto the table and then try to fold it like a letter before using the parchment to help me flip it over.
      Sprinkle the top with flour.
    6. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the crust is flaky and golden brown.
      If unsure, stick a meat thermometer in from the bottom. It should read 185°F.
    7. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing open…I have to chant this to myself on the regular to prevent myself from eating all the bread before dinner.

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Denis Dendrinos says:

    Tried making this this last weekend. Whilst I love the olive to bread ratio, i did something wrong with the yeat and it just did NOT rise. it’s a dense damp mess, not big open bubble spaces in the bread. Was so so dissapointed that I messed it up! Any pointers on what I might have done wrong??

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    1. Thanks for reaching out! Some things I can think of may be the temperature in your kitchen. If it was much below 72, you may need a longer time for it to rise. My other thought is the yeast may be too old or different than standard. I use active dry yeast. Fresh yeast works much differently, and I have never tried “bread machine yeast” and cannot comment on it. What type did you use, and would you check the expiration date so we can rule that out as the culprit?
      It could also be your elevation. I am at sea level, so everything is timed for that. If you are at higher elevation, what might have happened is the dough rose faster and then collapsed back into itself. At higher elevations, you need a bit less yeast and I would check it more frequently.
      I have never had the issue of this particular recipe being too dense, so that is my best advice. Did you happen to take a photo, I might be able to help more if I see what is happening.

      Hope that helped! If you want to workshop it, remove the kalamata, and try the ciabatta on its own and see if it works better that way.

      Cheers,
      Daria

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