Yesterday I made ciabatta and I apologize for not posting it. While it was going through it’s stages, I was fiddling with the Athena 2000 and after about 3 hours into fiddling:
GUYS I MADE A KNOT WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
“throw your arms in the air like you just wanna drop kick a machine!”
I just couldn’t take it anymore and had to take her into the shop, the closest one being 30 miles away. So I got a bit sidetracked and I will post about that later. Onto the ciabatta!
coffee. step one is always make coffee. all my blogs should start with “today i arose from mine bed and went forth and made coffee” -sayeth brittany
First thing I had to do was pull the poolish I had made the day before which you can read about here out of the refrigerator and let it warm up for an hour.
it looks like the moon but it is not made of cheese
Then I assembled together the final ingredients.
the actual step after this was “drink coffee”
Let me assure you, dear friends, this was a heck of a time to mix. I had to add more water than I thought, which I DESPISE doing. I always try to add less flour in the beginning because it is so much easier to add flour than water. I blame it on the fact that we are under an arctic chill here in Illinois and the house makes the desert seem humid. It’s so bad, I have to water some houseplants twice a week.
sure, that seems like a reasonable excuse. clearly, it was ALIENS!
Anyway, I had to fight with that dough to get the right consistency and it was not exactly my favorite thing ever. But eventually, it started to behave.
this is a sticky ball. stop giggling. this is serious.
stretching and folding
an hour later we’re bursting at the seams. yeast cells are such little piggies
look at that bubble. that is a delicious bubble.
setting up a couche, or as i like to call it, a towel that is bunched up so the dough doesn’t stick
is when I finally called around about the sewing machine. Being that the place closed early and was forty minutes away, I decided to rush things a wee tiny bit. I originally was going to use my peel, like I’m fancy or something, and bake them two at a time directly on the stone. To save time, I put all four on sheet pans and just rotated them for baking.
looking good, kiddies!
and….delicious! can you see the hole? that was where the thermometer went.
The bread turned out very tasty, but still not as hole-y as I would like. The crust was beautiful. I mean, spot on A+ crust. But…oh, the crumb. It was good, but just not quite there. Again, I am blaming the low hydration. Something I am going to have to play with. I might try again Monday…
Have a wonderful day, everyone!! 😀
P.S. this is what the inside looks like:
not holey enough!!! needs more holes!!