Cup4Cup Ciabatta Bread
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Ah, the romance of baking bread. The kneading, the shaping – not to mention the warm and comforting smell of freshly baked bread. If you’ve never had the experience, gluten-free … more »

Ah, the romance of baking bread. The kneading, the shaping – not to mention the warm and comforting smell of freshly baked bread. If you’ve never had the experience, gluten-free or otherwise, it’s time.

This is the part where we see how Cup4Cup gluten-free flour stacks up when it comes to my recipe for ciabatta bread. New around here? No problem. You can catch up on the Flour Test page.

Cup4Cup is a very starchy flour. That’s why it makes such amazing gluten-free puff pastry. That stuff is world class. All that starch also makes for very fluffy bread. Compare the loose crumb you see here to Better Batter’s crumb from the other day.

When you first make the dough*, before adding more flour by the tablespoon, it’s very soft and batter-like.

A few more tablespoons of flour, and it really holds together beautifully.

Here it is divided into pieces.

After shaping and before it rises.

After the rise. It doesn’t rise very high (even under optimal conditions in my bread proofer), but it does rise.

There’s a fair amount of “oven spring,” which is a result of its not rising as much as I would like before going in the oven. But it browns so beautifully, which means it’s certainly not all starch.

*Here’s where you’ll find my my recipe for gluten-free ciabatta bread.

All in all, I’d call it a win. Here are all the details:

Bread Challenge
Attributes

Cup4Cup
Score (1-10)

Cost $2.26/cup
Cup for cup replacement claim 10
Cup for cup replacement result 9
Ease of use 10
Raw texture 9
Cooked texture 8.5
Finished appearance 9
Finished taste 9
Mouth feel 9
Smell 10

Love,
Me

P.S. Stay tuned for a chat about making substitutions in baking. I do so cherish our chats. :)

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  • Jen

    Did these rise and get bigger than the BB? They look nicer from the pictures.

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      Hi, Jen,
      No, they didn’t rise more. They actually rose less. The reason they look “bigger” is because they had more “oven spring” (which is usually due to an incomplete rise) and because Cup4Cup is much higher in starch than Better Batter so the bread is fluffier.
      xoxo NIcole

  • http://www.glutenfreecanteen.com Lisa @ GF Canteen

    wow. fluffy. like pastry. the texture is something.

    • http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ Nicole

      I know, right, Lisa? So fluffy. I guess it’s a matter of taste, but as far as objective suitability, it’s not a great bread flour. Not a bad one, either. Just not great.
      xoxo Nicole

This recipe was brought to you by Nicole Hunn of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/cup4cup-ciabatta-bread/
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