Thursday, September 16, 2010

Easy Ciabatta!

The Autumn weather has me wanting to make breads, soups, and other comfort foods.

This recipe will make two small van-sized loaves or one large class A sized loaf of nummy Ciabatta bread.

Add to the bread rising container:
1/4 teaspoon of granulated yeast into
2 cups of warm water

Mix in a separate bowl:
1 teaspoon of salt into
4 cups of all-purpose flour

Add the flour/salt to the water/yeast mixture. Stir to the consistency of a heavy batter.

Cover with a towel (or plastic wrap) and let it rest for 8 to 12 hours. A cold or drafty area may retard the dough rising process. Hmmm, where to find a warm-draft-free-bread-rising-place in a van?

I place the dough rising container on a heating pad, place it in the pressure canner (without the lid), and cover with a towel as seen below.

Flour the pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Set the oven at 400F (or get that dutch oven hot?). I use a small convection toaster/oven.

Pour half of the dough out onto the pan. Sprinkle dried oregano, basil, and rosemary on the loaf. Place the loaf in the oven for 25 minutes. Let the bread rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

*** Vantramp husband note: As a not-very-often-enjoyer-of-bread, I have to say this stuff is excellent!! ***


  1. I have dreaded the thought of using a RV size oven, but this gives me hope! I'm saving this in my very special RV tips file!

  2. suddenly, i'm very hungry...

    sounds lovely

  3. Looks fabulous!!!

    Thanks for sharing. =)


  4. Mike and Heidi, This will definitely go into our "Bread" recipe file. Carol could eat her weight in bread. Don't tell her I said this, it could be life threating.

  5. Autumn weather? Where the heck are you two? What does that mean? Do you mean that sometime soon this 90 degree sunny weather is going to go away...It is way too hot to use the mineral bath have me worried....



  6. yummy...I am going to try this with some whole wheat flour myself. I love easy peasy bread recipes. Thanks Heidi.

  7. Merikay: if you love to bake/cook, you'll really enjoy the thrill that comes from homemade cooking while traveling.

    Captain: we'll be there soon... hold on to that appetite.

    Freely Living Life: thanks for reading and welcome :)

    B.W.: I hope you are still with us

    Brain: we're still in MN. I guess I got a little ahead of the rest of the country. As for us, we're enjoying visiting by the wood stove in the mornings. I even caught my annual weather-changing-cold. Don't worry, the weather told me it'll be heading your way. ;)

    Anon, I hope you'll let us know how it turns out. Thanks for your comment.

  8. Delicious! I'm impressed with how well you two live in your van. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I think I'll try this one myself.

  9. Heidi

    Thanks for the recipe, definitely will be trying it out once we are done with the carnival.

    Hope you are both doing well.

  10. Hey Terria and Ali! Yes, we're quite happy in our van-home :)Thanks for the comments.

  11. Yummy! Bring me some, big brother!!