This “no knead” bread is delicious and very simple.
Potato & beet ciabatta
The potato gives the bread a great texture and the beetroot gives it wonderful colour and flavour too.Add the mashed potato and the diced beets in at the end, and just give the dough a little knead so you don't squash them. The result is chewy, flavourful bread, delightfully dotted with bits of purple beet.
- scale, bowl, baking tray with non stick parchment, scraper
Day One (make the Biga)
- 330 g Strong white wheat flour
- 260 g Water
- Pinch of yeast whatever tyoe you have
- 6 g Salt
Day Two (make the dough)
- Biga from day before
- 500 g Flour
- 360 g Water
- 3 g Yeast whatever type you have
- 10 g Salt
- Coffee mug of mashed potato
- 1 Medium Cooked beetroot cut into 1cm dice
Day One – make the biga
- Measure the water into a big bowl and add the yeast. Wait for 5 minutes for it to dissolve and then add the flour and the salt. Stir. Cover. Leave over night (or up to 48 hours) on the counter.
Day Two – make the dough
- Add the water to the biga bowl and then add the yeast. Wait for 10 minutes to let the yeast dissolve and then squish the biga/water mixture together with your hands to make a milky paste.
- Add the fresh flour and the salt. Squish it all together well to get the lumps out. Leave it for 30 minutes to let the dough relax.
- Add the potato and the beets and gently stretch and fold the dough around them so you don't squash the beets to death.
- Cover the dough and leave it for 30 minutes.
- Stretch and fold the dough and then let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Repeat this four times – for a total of two hours.
- Meanwhile prepare two baking trays by lining them with non stick parchment.
- Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into four equal pieces.
- Put a sprinkle of flour on your counter and, one by one, pick up a blob of dough and place it in front of you on the floury surface. Sprinkle flour on top of the dough as well. Squeeze the dough gently to elongate it so that it is about 25 cm long. As you squeeze you will hear air bubbles popping. Pick your dough up and place it on a baking tray. Repeat this with all the blobs of dough, placing two ciabattas on each baking tray.
- Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 230 degrees C and pop the dough in. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove and let cool completely on a cooling rack.