Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!


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Ciabatta is the Italian word for a comfortable old shoe or slipper.  Sound appetizing? It’s also the word for this comfortable, easy Italian bread.   It’s a very light loaf which is crusty on the outside, and chewy on the inside. It’s  very porous, with all those nooks and crannies we always heard about from the English muffin folk.

Ciabatta – to be honest, sometimes the brown misshapen loaves do look like old slippers. It comes by its name honestly. There are a lot of steps, but this is really one of the easiest breads I have ever made, and undeniably one of the most delicious.



3 cups flour

1 teaspoon yeast

2 teaspoon salt

1 cup water

You will also need:

Parchment paper

A Dutch oven or heavy covered casserole dish.


Mix all the ingredients together in a big mixing bowl.

You may need to add a few more tablespoons of water. You should have thick, but stirrable batter.


Cover with plastic wrap and let it stand overnight (12-18 hours)


The batter will have doubled in size.


Place your covered Dutch oven in the oven at 450° for 30 minutes.  Set a timer.

floured pp

Place a piece of parchment paper on your counter and lightly sprinkle it with flour.


Carefully scrape the batter onto the parchment paper.

Sprinkle the top of batter with flour, and cover it lightly with the plastic wrap.

In half an hour when the timer dings and the Dutch oven is hot, take it out of  the oven and carefully remove the lid.

Lift the plastic wrap from the bread batter.

Pick up the parchment paper by the four corners, so the batter is carried in it like a little pouch.

ready to bake

Place it in the hot Dutch oven.

Place the HOT lid back on the Dutch oven and straighten out the edges of the parchment paper so there are no big creases inside.


Return the Dutch oven to the oven, still at 450° and bake for 30 minutes. (Set the timer).


Take the lid off and bake uncovered for 15 more minutes.


Lift the loaf out of the Dutch oven by the corners of the parchment paper, and let it cool on a rack or serve it hot.

Either way it will be one of the stars of your wonderful Italian meal!

Italian meal with ciabatta


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

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