Place ingredients into the pan of the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the Dough cycle and Start.
Dough will be quite sticky and wet once cycle is completed, resist the temptation to add more flour. Place dough on a lightly floured board, cover with a large bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.
Lightly flour or use lined baking trays. Divide into 2 pieces, and form each into either 2 round or long loves. Place loaves on prepared trays, dimple the surface and lightly flour. Cover, and let rise in a draft free place for approximately 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 220 degrees C/Gas Mark 7.
Dimple dough for a second time, and then place loaves in the oven, positioned on the middle shelf. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. During baking, spritz loaves with water every 5 to 10 minutes for a crispier crust.
This turned out great, true about the really sticky part but as it's the first time I've tried making ciabatta I daresay it gets easier with practice. The loaf lasted about 5 mins, I had to put the second one in the freezer to resist the temptation to eat it straight away! Won't be eating shop bought again!!! - 19 Mar 2012
This is a great recipe, thank you so much for posting. The mixture does turn out very wet which is a bit of an "uh oh" moment but it cooks really well and the bread tasted fab. As good as anything I've ever bought. - 19 Jan 2013