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Chrissie’s Ciabattas

Happiness is … the smell of freshly baked bread.

My sister has a way with food and always seem to create the most delicious dishes! When we were younger we always joked about her kneading skills. – she took control of the dough so effortlessly and her dough always came out much nicer than mine. The baked bread usually as well! I believed it was because she is so much stronger than I am (even with her petite hands!) and that because of this she worked her way through the special process of baking so much more gracefully than I can. But I have come to realise that its is more a case of love and patience – she loves the process of baking (and cooking) and has so much patience with food than I ever will. As much as  the end product and the enjoyment of the food she creates is important to her, the process and the rawness of baking is what she loves.

See below Chrissie’s Ciabatta recipe she shared with us:


5 cups white flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 packet of instant yeast

600 ml warmish water


Mix all the ingredients with your hands or an electric mixer until the dough creates a ball and does not stick to the sides of the bowl anymore.

Cover the dough with a dry cloth and let it rise to double its size.

Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC.

Knead the dough on a flour covered surface and divide in 4, creating long breads.

Place the dough on greased pans and bake for about 25 minutes.

Enjoy with salted butter and a few toppings of your choice…think preserved figs and a slice Camembert cheese!

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