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Easy Homemade Ciabatta Rolls-Small Batch Recipe

If you want to feel like an amazing bread maker, these Ciabatta bread rolls are for you. A very forgiving dough using a stretch and fold method that results in soft, tender rolls, truly the easiest no knead recipe for Ciabatta bread you can make. A great recipe for a first time bread baker.

Click the recipe link above to go straight to the printable recipe card which includes ingredients, instructions and notes. Scroll through the post for helpful tips and step by step instructions with photos.

For a morning treat, these rolls are delicious when lightly toasted with a little homemade strawberry rhubarb jam. For lunch, slice lengthwise and fill with sweet and spicy meatballs or serve at dinner with this creamy lemon ricotta pasta.

Ciabatta rolls on grey linen cloth.

3 Reasons to Make This Recipe

  • Simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
  • Versatile recipe with many flavor variations.
  • With a simple stretch and fold dough process this recipe is perfect for the first-time bread baker.

Key Ingredients Notes

How flour, water, salt, and yeast can create such tasty fresh bread is magical.

Bread flour in an orange bowlisitting next to orange measuring cup with small clear bowls of yeast and salt and measuring cup of water on distressed wood counter.
  • Flour: I’ve only made this recipe with Bread flour which has a higher protein content. If you use all-purpose flour for rustic bread like ciabatta, you might miss the extra chewiness from the bread flour.
    • Flour: I’ve only made this recipe with Bread flour which has a higher protein content. If you use all-purpose flour for rustic bread like ciabatta, you might miss the extra chewiness from the bread flour.
    • Salt: I’ve used kosher salt and regular table salt, and both worked fine.
    • Yeast: This recipe calls for instant dried yeast. Instant yeast does not need proofing and is very easy to work with. If you use an active dry yeast instead of instant then you will need to proof the yeast in a little warm water.

    Ciabatta Recipe Variations

    When adding additional ingredients to your dough, ensure they’re evenly distributed for the best result.

    • Garlic and Rosemary Ciabatta Rolls: Before baking the rolls, brush the tops with a mixture of melted butter, minced garlic, and chopped rosemary. The flavor will bake into the rolls, creating a savory delight.
    • Sundried Tomato and Olive Ciabatta Rolls: Add chopped sundried tomatoes and Kalamata olives to the dough for a Mediterranean twist. This is my favorite and I make these when cooking up my slow cooker version of Marinara sauce.
    • Cheese Ciabatta Rolls: Add shredded cheese such as sharp cheddar or gruyere to the dough. You can also sprinkle some on top of the rolls before baking.
    • Herb Ciabatta Rolls: Add a mix of your favorite chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, parsley, and oregano to the dough. This works especially well with olive oil-infused dough.
    • Onion Ciabatta Rolls: Sauté onions until caramelized and add them to your dough for a sweet and savory spin.

    When adding extras to ciabatta dough, they are usually incorporated during the initial mixing stage or after the first rise, when the dough is folded.

    Recipe Directions

    Bread flour, yeast, and salt with dough whisk in orange bowl with measuring cup of water in corner.

    Step 1: In a medium bowl mix together the dry ingredients with a dough whisk or a wooden spoon.

    Ciabatta dough sitting in white bowl.

    Step 2: Stir in the water to form a sticky dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave it undisturbed at room temperature for one hour for the first dough rise.

  • Stretching and fold of ciabatta dough in white bowl.

    Step 3: Dampen your hands with a little water and stretch and fold the dough in the bowl. Bring each edge towards the middle. Cover the dough with plastic wrap once more and let it relax for 30 minutes. Repeat the above process two more times, letting it rest for 30 minutes each time, for a total of 90 minutes. At this point, the dough will have doubled in size.

    Ciabatta dough stretched out in a rectangle on parchment lines cutting board with orange measuring cup partially filled with flour.

    Step 4: Gently transfer the dough to a floured work surface; the dough ball will still be sticky. Dust with more flour and gently shape it into a rectangular shape by gently pulling from underneath. Do NOT press the dough

    Tip: When adding in extras, I prefer to add those in after the first rise for more control over their distribution.

    Ciabatta dough cut into four pieces sitting on parchment paper next to walnut handle dough cutter.

    Step 5: Use a dough cutter or bench scraper to cut and divide the dough log into 4 evenly sized sections.

    Ciabatta dough cut into four pieces sitting on parchment lined sheet pan.

    Step 6: Transfer them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Arrange a gap between them. Allow dough to rest for roughly 40 minutes in the final proofing phase.

    Two Ciabatta rolls, one pulled open sitting on a grey linen cloth.

    Step 7: Place a water-filled baking dish or ramekin on the bottom rack of your oven. Preheat your oven to 420 degrees F, allowing it to fill with steam from the water. Once preheated, immediately put the baking tray inside and spritz water over the dough. Bake for 20 minutes.

    Important Recipe Notes

    • Work the dough gently; you don’t want to press out the air inside the dough.
    • Make sure to steam up the oven before adding in the ciabatta dough.
    • When the rolls come out of the oven, the crust will seem hard, don’t panic; they soften up during cooling.
    • Use an instant-read thermometer to test the internal temperature to ensure it’s fully baked. After waiting 3 hours to get it into the oven, you don’t want undercooked dough! The temperature should be around 200-210 degrees Fahrenheit (93-99 degrees Celsius). Don’t go by looks because the bread’s exterior can be golden brown but the inside could still be undercooked.

    How to Store the Bread

    Homemade bread doesn’t contain preservatives like store-bought versions, so it won’t last as long. Enjoy your homemade ciabatta rolls while they’re fresh for the best flavor and texture.

    • Cool Down: Let the ciabatta rolls cool completely on a wire rack before storing.
    • Room Temperature: If you plan on eating the ciabatta rolls within a couple of days, store them at room temperature in a linen or paper bag, which helps to maintain the crust’s crispness. Avoid storing in a plastic bag, as this can make the crust soft and chewy.
    • Freezing: If you want to keep the rolls for longer, they can be frozen for up to 2 months. Wrap each roll individually in plastic wrap, then put them in a zip-top bag or airtight container. Thaw the frozen ciabatta at room temperature when you’re ready to eat them. For a fresher taste, you can also reheat the thawed rolls in an oven at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) for a few minutes.

    Recipe FAQs

    What is the difference between Ciabatta rolls and Dinner Rolls?

    Ciabatta rolls have a crispy, chewy crust and a very open, airy crumb (the inside of the bread). This structure results from the high hydration and long fermentation of the dough.
    Dinner Rolls tend to have a soft, tender crust and a fine, evenly distributed crumb. They are often served warm and have a more buttery, rich flavor.

    Why do you spray or mist water on bread when baking?

    Applying water to the loaf during the baking process, either by brushing or spraying, results in a crust that is crunchy and crispy. The presence of water hinders the formation of the dough skin into a crust, allowing the dough to enlarge. Additionally, it gives the crust a smoother look.

    What is the internal temperature of a fully baked Ciabatta roll?

    The internal temperature of a fully baked ciabatta roll should be around 200-210 degrees Fahrenheit (93-99 degrees Celsius). Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the bread is properly baked.

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    Three Ciabatta rolls on grey napkin.

    Small Batch Ciabatta Rolls

    The easy bread to make. Recipe uses a simple stretch and fold method that makes the this bread near foolproof!
    5 from 1 vote
    Print Pin Rate
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: Italian
    Prep Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Cooling Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
    Servings: 4 rolls
    Calories: 292kcal
    Author:Sydney Dawes
    Cost: $0.35

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • In a medium bowl mix the flour, salt and instant dried yeast.
    • Stir in the water to form a sticky dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap annd leave it undisturbed at room temperature for one hour.
    • Dampen your hands with a little bit of water and begin to stretch and fold the dough in the bowl. Bring each edge towards the middle. Cover the dough with plastic wrap once more and let it relax for 30 minutes. Repeat the above process rwo more times , letting it rest for 30 minutes each time for a total of 90 minutes. At this point the dough will have doubled in size.
    • Gently transfer the dough to a floured surface, the dough will still be a little sticky.Dust with a bit more flour and gently shape it into a rectangular shape by gently pulling from underneath. Do NOT press the dough.
    • Divide the log into 2 evenly sized sections, placing them on a parchment lined baking sheetwith at least a 2-inch gap between them. Allow them to rest for roughly 40 minutes in the final proofing phase.
    • Place a water-filled baking dish at the bottom of your oven. Preheat your oven to 420 F, allowing it to fill with steam generated by the water. Once preheated, put the baking tray inside and spritz water over the dough right away. Bake for 20 minutes.
    • Cool bread for about 20 minutes.

    Notes

    Work dough lightly: Do not press the dough, pressing will deflate the air pockets in the dough.
    Create steam in the oven: Applying water to the loaf during the baking process, either by brushing or spraying, results in a crust that is crunchy and crispy.
     

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1roll | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 587mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 0.2g
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      • Flour: I’ve only made this recipe with Bread flour which has a higher protein content. If you use all-purpose flour for rustic bread like ciabatta, you might miss the extra chewiness from the bread flour.

        • Flour: I’ve only made this recipe with Bread flour which has a higher protein content. If you use all-purpose flour for rustic bread like ciabatta, you might miss the extra chewiness from the bread flour.


        • Salt: I’ve used kosher salt and regular table salt, and both worked fine.


        • Yeast: This recipe calls for instant dried yeast. Instant yeast does not need proofing and is very easy to work with.



    Ciabatta Recipe Variations


    When adding additional ingredients to your dough, ensure they’re evenly distributed for the best result.


        • Garlic and Rosemary Ciabatta Rolls: Before baking the rolls, brush the tops with a mixture of melted butter, minced garlic, and chopped rosemary. The flavor will bake into the rolls, creating a savory delight.


        • Sundried Tomato and Olive Ciabatta Rolls: Add chopped sundried tomatoes and Kalamata olives to the dough for a Mediterranean twist. This is my favorite and I make these when cooking up my slow cooker version of Marinara sauce.


        • Cheese Ciabatta Rolls: Add shredded cheese such as sharp cheddar or gruyere to the dough. You can also sprinkle some on top of the rolls before baking.


        • Herb Ciabatta Rolls: Add a mix of your favorite chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, parsley, and oregano to the dough. This works especially well with olive oil-infused dough.


        • Onion Ciabatta Rolls: Sauté onions until caramelized and add them to your dough for a sweet and savory spin.


    When adding extras to ciabatta dough, they are usually incorporated during the initial mixing stage or after the first rise, when the dough is folded.


    Recipe Directions


    Bread flour, yeast, and salt with dough whisk in orange bowl with measuring cup of water in corner.


    Step 1: In a medium bowl, mix the flour, salt, and instant dried yeast. A dough whisk works well to mix the ingredients evenly.


    Ciabatta dough sitting in white bowl.


    Step 2: Stir in the water to form a sticky dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave it undisturbed at room temperature for one hour.


    Stretching and fold of ciabatta dough in white bowl.


    Step 3: Dampen your hands with a little water and stretch and fold the dough in the bowl. Bring each edge towards the middle. Cover the dough with plastic wrap once more and let it relax for 30 minutes. Repeat the above process two more times, letting it rest for 30 minutes each time, for a total of 90 minutes. At this point, the dough will have doubled in size.


    Ciabatta dough stretched out in a rectangle on parchment lines cutting board with orange measuring cup partially filled with flour.


    Step 4: Gently transfer the dough to a floured surface; the dough will still be sticky. Dust with more flour and gently shape it into a rectangular shape by gently pulling from underneath. Do NOT press the dough.


    Tip: When adding in extras, I prefer to add those in after the first rise for more control over their distribution.


    Ciabatta dough cut into four pieces sitting on parchment paper next to walnut handle dough cutter.


    Step 5: Use a dough cutter to cut and divide the dough log into 4 evenly sized sections.


    Ciabatta dough cut into four pieces sitting on parchment lined sheet pan.


    Step 6: Transfer them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Arrange a gap between them. Allow dough to rest for roughly 40 minutes in the final proofing phase.


    Two Ciabatta rolls, one pulled open sitting on a grey linen cloth.


    Step 7: Place a water-filled baking dish or ramekin on the bottom rack of your oven. Preheat your oven to 420 degrees F, allowing it to fill with steam from the water. Once preheated, immediately put the baking tray inside and spritz water over the dough. Bake for 20 minutes.


    Important Recipe Notes


        • Work the dough gently; you don’t want to press out the air inside the dough.


        • Make sure to steam up the oven before adding in the ciabatta dough.


        • When the rolls come out of the oven, the crust will seem hard, don’t panic; they soften up during cooling.


        • Use an instant-read thermometer to test the internal temperature to ensure it’s fully baked. After waiting 3 hours to get it into the oven, you don’t want undercooked dough! The temperature should be around 200-210 degrees Fahrenheit (93-99 degrees Celsius). Don’t go by looks because the bread’s exterior can be nice and browned, but the inside could still be undercooked.


    How to Store the Bread


    Homemade bread doesn’t contain preservatives like store-bought versions, so it won’t last as long. Enjoy your homemade ciabatta rolls while they’re fresh for the best flavor and texture.


        • Cool Down: Let the ciabatta rolls cool completely on a wire rack before storing.


        • Room Temperature: If you plan on eating the ciabatta rolls within a couple of days, store them at room temperature in a linen or paper bag, which helps to maintain the crust’s crispness. Avoid storing in a plastic bag, as this can make the crust soft and chewy.


        • Freezing: If you want to keep the rolls for longer, they can be frozen for up to 2 months. Wrap each roll individually in plastic wrap, then put them in a zip-top bag or airtight container. Thaw the frozen ciabatta at room temperature when you’re ready to eat them. For a fresher taste, you can also reheat the thawed rolls in an oven at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) for a few minutes.


    Recipe FAQs


    What is the difference between Ciabatta rolls and Dinner Rolls?

    Ciabatta rolls have a crispy, chewy crust and a very open, airy crumb (the inside of the bread). This structure results from the high hydration and long fermentation of the dough.
    Dinner Rolls tend to have a soft, tender crust and a fine, evenly distributed crumb. They are often served warm and have a more buttery, rich flavor.

    Why do you spray or mist water on bread when baking?

    Applying water to the loaf during the baking process, either by brushing or spraying, results in a crust that is crunchy and crispy. The presence of water hinders the formation of the dough skin into a crust, allowing the dough to enlarge. Additionally, it gives the crust a smoother look.

    What is the internal temperature of a fully baked Ciabatta roll?

    The internal temperature of a fully baked ciabatta roll should be around 200-210 degrees Fahrenheit (93-99 degrees Celsius). Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the bread is properly baked.


    More Tasty Easy Homemade Bread Recipes



    Three Ciabatta rolls on grey napkin.

    Small Batch Ciabatta Rolls

    The easy bread to make. Recipe uses a simple stretch and fold method that makes the this bread near foolproof!
    5 from 1 vote
    Print Pin Rate
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: Italian
    Prep Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Cooling Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
    Servings: 4 rolls
    Calories: 292kcal
    Author:Sydney Dawes
    Cost: $0.35

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • In a medium bowl mix the flour, salt and instant dried yeast.
    • Stir in the water to form a sticky dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap annd leave it undisturbed at room temperature for one hour.
    • Dampen your hands with a little bit of water and begin to stretch and fold the dough in the bowl. Bring each edge towards the middle. Cover the dough with plastic wrap once more and let it relax for 30 minutes. Repeat the above process rwo more times , letting it rest for 30 minutes each time for a total of 90 minutes. At this point the dough will have doubled in size.
    • Gently transfer the dough to a floured surface, the dough will still be a little sticky.Dust with a bit more flour and gently shape it into a rectangular shape by gently pulling from underneath. Do NOT press the dough.
    • Divide the log into 2 evenly sized sections, placing them on a parchment lined baking sheetwith at least a 2-inch gap between them. Allow them to rest for roughly 40 minutes in the final proofing phase.
    • Place a water-filled baking dish at the bottom of your oven. Preheat your oven to 420 F, allowing it to fill with steam generated by the water. Once preheated, put the baking tray inside and spritz water over the dough right away. Bake for 20 minutes.
    • Cool bread for about 20 minutes.

    Notes

    Work dough lightly: Do not press the dough, pressing will deflate the air pockets in the dough.
    Create steam in the oven: Applying water to the loaf during the baking process, either by brushing or spraying, results in a crust that is crunchy and crispy.
     

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1roll | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 587mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 0.2g
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