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Tasty Ciabatta?

MichaelB | Jul 3, 2002 03:04 PM

Can anyone direct me to a good ciabatta bread around here? Bread & Circus used to make, in their own bakery I believe, a very good one -- extremely airy, fairly flat, good flavor. But they've replaced it with one from a supplier, Pain D'Avignon I think, which is pretty mediocre -- too dense, basically a flat-shaped loaf of non-exciting bread.

(For those who haven't had it, ciabatta, aka slipper bread, is a very light, very flat loaf of italian bread with very large holes and a thin but not brittle crust. At least that's how I'd define it. It makes a perfect sandwich if you split it horizontally and load in your favorite fillings -- sturdy enough to hold 'em, tasty enough to complement the flavors, but not too crusty, and no sourdough flavor, which tends to compete with the filling.)

CLear Flour Bakery has some sort of Italian country bread with a nice chewy/airy interior, but the crust is (intentionally) very dark and crunchy, so much so that it's kind of rough on your soft palate (at least in a sandwich).

Any ideas? Do any of the B&C stores still stock the old kind of ciabatta?

Many thanks for any leads.

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