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A Ciabatta-Like Focaccia

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Ingredients

: In the bucket of a bread machine, or in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine and mix the ingredients just until everything is well-blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl or bucket if necessary. Cancel the machine. Cover the bucket or bowl with p

: Combine all of the dough ingredients and knead, in a bread machine or mixer, until the dough is elastic. This should take about 15 minutes in a bread machine, or 10 minutes in a mixer. Allow the dough to rise, covered, until it's very puffy, 1 to 2 hour

Transfer the dough to a well-floured kneading surface and, using a bench knife, fold the outside edges into the center, gently pressing out the gas as you do. Slide the bench knife under the dough to make sure it's not sticking (throw a little flour onto

Drizzle 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil onto the bottom of an 18 x 13-inch half-sheet pan, or similar-sized cookie sheet with sides. Place one piece of dough on the pan, flip it over (so its top surface is coated with olive oil), and slowly spread the dou

Preheat your oven to 450°F. Bake the ciabattas for about 15 to 18 minutes, or until they're a light, golden brown; switch the baking sheets on the shelves (top to bottom, bottom to top) midway through the baking time.

Remove the bread from the oven, and cool it on a rack. The best way to cut it horizontally is to cut it up crosswise into whatever size you want (it can easily make 12 pieces), and then cut each of these pieces horizontally to make very thin slices.

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