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Chef John's Whole Wheat Ciabatta

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"I decided to give the old no-knead ciabatta a higher-fiber makeover. Since I don't have much whole wheat baking experience, I did what any good chef would do: I didn't do any research and just tried to figure it out. I was quite happy with the taste and texture, and going 50/50 with the all-purpose flour provided just enough of that crusty, chewy ‘normal' bread experience."
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18 h 15 m servings 135
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 loaf ciabatta)


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  1. Stir 1 cup warm water, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup rye flour, and yeast together in a large bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit until the sponge bubbles and doubles in volume, 5 to 6 hours.
  2. Stir 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 water, sunflower seeds, polenta, flax seeds, salt, and honey into sponge with a wooden spoon until a very sticky dough ball forms, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the the sides of the bowl, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let dough rise until doubled in volume, 10 hours to overnight.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust parchment paper with 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour and cornmeal.
  4. Scrape dough out of bowl onto a lightly floured work surface, press down to remove air, and form into a smooth oval loaf. Place dough on the prepared baking sheet. Dust top of loaf lightly with flour, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Place a baking dish filled with water on the bottom rack of the oven.
  6. Remove plastic wrap from risen dough and mist the top of the dough with water.
  7. Bake loaf in the preheated oven, misting the top of the loaf with water every 8 to 10 minutes, until loaf is golden and sounds hollow when tapped, 30 to 35 minutes total. Transfer bread to a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 135 calories; 1.6 26.6 4.5 < 1 349 Full nutrition

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Very simple to make and it tastes great.

We followed Chef John's video with his "sexy cold voice" to make a version of this amazing no knead bread! It is so good! Super easy to make. Put it together at 9:00PM and let it set until 3:...

I baked these today and they turned so good, however I used a little less time for spong and dough fermentation that could be the reason the loaf does not have much open crumb. I have sponge goi...

added TB olive oil doubled yeast, halved time

Delicious! Crisp crust, delicious flavor. I will make this again and again. Gone in 2 days! Easy recipe.

PLAN IN ADVANCE. Yummy texture. Super easy to make.

Great recipe, easy to follow, and very little work (no kneading). I was able to speed up the rise time by having a (very) slightly previously warmed oven ready. I placed the dough inside the ove...

have made it 3 times and love it

Thanks Chef John for this wonderful recipe my family loves how it turned out my beautiful ciabatta bread. It is so flat cause I exceeded the proofing time so next time I will make it oval shape.