Ciabatta, or 'slipper' bread is a flattish, elongated loaf with a crispy crust and holey, densely textured crumb. It would hardly be something Cinderella would put on her feet, even when she was reduced to sitting in the fireplace amid the ashes, but is great for panini and as an accompaniment to salads. It is made with either a sourdough starter or biga.
Ciabatta was originally baked in Liguria, but is now made throughout Italy as sandwiches became accepted as 'proper' food.
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