Holey Moley No Knead Ciabatta

In love with these Ciabattas, easy, delicious and fun to make. All you need is a bit of time and patience, but no kneading! Perfect for work-from-home COVID situation.

Recipe (original recipe here on YouTube)

  • 200g water
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 20g olive oil
  • 250g bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Method

1. In a Tupperware or storage box with lid, add water, yeast and oil. Stir well.

2. Add flour and salt, using a silicone spatula, mix till a rough dough forms.

3. Cover with lid, leave on counter top for 45min.

4. After 45 min, wet hands and do stretch and fold in 4 directions. Handle dough gently and do not tear it. (Note that I changed the container here.)

5. Cover and leave on counter for 30 min.

6. Repeat stretch and fold for another 2 times, each time wetting hands first and handling dough gently. Allow 30 min interval between second and third set as well.

Just before second set
Just after second set
Just before third set
Just after third set

7. After the third set of stretch and fold, cover and leave on counter for 40 min.

8. After 40 min, flour a mat and the dough generously.

9. Overturn container on mat and let gravity does it’s work.

10. Flour the dough generously, then divide into 4 portions.

11. Lift, very gently and place on a floured baking paper.

12. Proof for 30 min in an enclosed space.

13. Preheat oven to 220 deg C. When 30 mins of proofing is up, bake in oven for 18 mins. Cool before slicing.

40 Comments Add yours

  1. Iene Ong says:

    hi,
    do you mean by preheat the oven at 220 degree for 30 mins and bake for 18 mins?
    sorry if i read it correctly.
    please advise.
    thank you.
    regards

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    1. oladybakes says:

      No, just preheat to 220. The 30 min is the proofing time for the step before.

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    2. Cathy says:

      tis is 3rd attempt.i made 2times the qty. instead of olive oil can i replace with organic cooking coconut oil(madella brand)
      tq

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      1. oladybakes says:

        If you are ok with the coconut aroma, that’s fine.

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    3. Terrence says:

      Hi Nikki, can use wholegrain flour to mix with bread flour ?

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      1. oladybakes says:

        Yes, can try up to 30 percent.

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  2. Becca says:

    Hi there. Can i use plain flour to flour the mat and baking paper instead of bread flour? Thank you

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Yes that’s fine.

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  3. Lydia Huang says:

    The best fail proof recipe for an amateur like me. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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      1. Lydia Huang says:

        Hi, I’ve tried your recipe a number of times, but find my bread super airy with very big holes… And does not look as dense as yours. What could be the problem u think? Do advise, thnks.

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      2. oladybakes says:

        Many like it to be airy. If you want it to be more dense, you can fold tighter when stretch and fold.

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  4. Anna says:

    Can I leave the dough in the fridge overnight before baking?

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Not sure as I have not tried before.

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    2. cecilia says:

      I tried it taste great overnight in the fridge for proofing

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      1. oladybakes says:

        Great! Thanks for sharing.

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      2. Anna says:

        Yay thank you!

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      3. Cecilia Mah says:

        Thanks for this easy to do ciabatta recipe. My bread got stuck to the baking paper. How to resolve this issue?

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      4. oladybakes says:

        Can flour the baking paper more, or try another brand of baking paper

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  5. Tracy says:

    How long do I need to bake if I make it 2 instead of 4 pcs?

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Roughly the same time, only extend say 5 min if you find the bread too pale.

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      1. Tracy says:

        For the same amount ingredients I cut into 2 instead of 4. I extended but came out pale and inner part is still wet.

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      2. oladybakes says:

        If you notice the bread is pale then you will need to extend. You can also tap on bread lightly to hear for hollow sound. Also I suspect your oven temp is different from mine, so you need to experiment and adjust.

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  6. Cecilia says:

    What will happened if I accidentally tear the dough during the stretch and folding stage?

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Just carry on. Not much you can do and not a big problem.

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  7. SC Mak says:

    Hi. Do I need to put water to create steam on the oven?

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    1. oladybakes says:

      No need for this one.

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  8. Cecilia says:

    Hi, tried your method yesterday and use Airfryer at 160degrees for 18 mins. very nice n soft!! Thanks!

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Thanks for the feedback.

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  9. Gynn says:

    Hi

    May I ask during the dividing into 4 parts, can I press on the dough to reshape it?
    Thank you.

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Try not to press too hard, maybe just the sides to neaten up.

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  10. jareen168 says:

    Nicely baked.. Love your recipe..

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  11. AX says:

    Hi, thank you for this wonderful recipe. I tried making this several times but I realised that each time, my dough remained flat despite having air bubbles from the stretch and fold. In the oven, the dough doesn’t rise but spread out due to the flat dough. I followed all your instructions but I am wondering if it’s because I need to use a smaller container so that my dough can’t spread out. Or could there be any other reasons? Please help.

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Feels like the dough does not have enough strength. Are you using bread flour? When doing stretch and fold, try to stretch as long as possible without breaking. You can try a bigger container if you feel that’s a problem. Just experiment.

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  12. sheran says:

    Hi, may i know bake using what mode pls? I dont hv bottom heat element. Can you fan mode or top & bottom heat? I want to try this weekend. No need to put water in tray?200ml water is room temp or warm pls?
    I used other recipe my bread doesnt rise and became flat. Crunchy outside but inside not cooked. Not sure why.

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    1. oladybakes says:

      Top and bottom is fine.

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