Friday, January 7, 2011

Rosemary Ciabatta Rolls

Now that the new school term has started, it is back to our dear old routine daily life! December has been a very busy and hectic month. January will be busy too, with some planning and preparation for the coming Chinese New Year which falls on 3rd February. I am actually looking forward for some quiet time when all the festivities excitement is over!

Baked this lovely Rosemary Ciabatta Rolls for my kids' after school snack. This is great dipped in hot mushroom soup. The crust is crispy and the inside is dense, soft and moist, with the lovely fragrance of rosemary! Best eaten on the day it is baked, it is not as soft the next day, but really good too dipped in hot soup. This recipe is from the book by Anne Sheasby, a Christmas present from my sister.  Already tried two recipes from this book, and I like them both. Looks like there will be more baking from this book!

I'm sharing this with these lovely sites :
Recipe Swap Thursday at Prairie Story
Cookbook Sunday at Brenda's Canadian Kitchen
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Rosemary Ciabatta Rolls
(adapted from "The Big Book of Bread" by Anne Sheasby)
Preparation Time : 20 minutes, plus mixing and kneading time in breadmaker, plus rising
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Makes : about 10 good-sized rolls

1-1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3-2/3 cups strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon fast-action dried yeast
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
milk, for glazing

  1. Please note, bread machines vary, so add the ingredients to the bread pan in the order specified in your instruction booklet (if this differs from the instructions given here).
  2. Pour the water into the bread machine pan, then add the oil. Sprinkle over the flour, covering the water completely. Add the salt and sugar, placing them in separate corners of the bread pan. Make a small indent in the center of the flour and add the yeast. Close the lid, set the machine to the Dough setting, then press Start.
  3. Meanwhile, grease or flour 2 cookie sheets and set aside. When the dough cycle has finished, remove the dough from the machine, punch it down on a lightly floured worktop, then knead the chopped rosemary evenly into the dough.
  4. Divide the dough into about 10 equal portions. Roll and shape each piece into a round or oval, then flatten slightly. Place on the cookie sheets, spacing them well apart. Cover and let rise it a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Brush the top of the rolls with milk and dust with flour. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped underneath. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm.


  1. Can't believe the new year has started and CNY is coming soon. Sadly, there isn't much CNY mood here in Melbourne but we will try to create some :D

    You are lucky to receive a great cooking book. The bread look good.

  2. OMG - I love the look and sound of these little ciabatta rolls. I love making my own bread, but have never yet tried a ciabatta bread so I definitely have to try this. Thanks for sharing it :-)

  3. These rolls you've created look so delicious. I love the ciabatta style of bread. I hope to try these!

  4. Mmm you are right, this would be fantastic with soup!

  5. I imagine them with salted butter, still warm out of the oven. Heavenly!!

  6. Oh yum, these Rosemary Ciabatta Rolls look soooo good! Will have to try them! Sounds like a great book, too. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Cm akan cuba resepi roti ni dalam masa yg terdekat.Terima kasih for the recipe.Oh ya cny next month pastinya cm pun akan busy buat persediaan sebab Kami celebrate bersama keluarga MIL.Kena sediakan red peket juga:) sebab cm ada 15 orang anak saudara hehe

  8. Prefectly baked rolls, looks awesome..

  9. Wow...these little thing are so beautiful! Better than those I see in bakery. Would be sooo good with soup...mmm

  10. ciabatta is in my list for quite some time..this is something different from the normal 'slippar' shape..they call it. i like the crust on your ciabatta

  11. Joy, what gorgeous rolls! They're absolutely perfect. You made my mouth water when you mentioned dipping them in hot soup. Yum! Thank you so much for sharing another recipe with Cookbook Sundays. Enjoy your weekend!

  12. These really do look picture perfect. I love the final color of your rolls and the crust looks wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  13. mmmmmmmmm...I can smell these all the way from NJ:) They look PERFECT!

  14. Hi Joy,
    I just got a big bowl of the soup that is sitting right next to your Rolls at Full Plate Thursday your Ciabatta Rolls will be perfect with that soup...yum yum. Thank you so much for bringing this wonderful recipe to Full Plate Thursday and please come back! Hope you have a great weekend!

  15. Hi Zoe,
    Yes, it's hard to believe that another decade has just begun! You must be missing the CNY mood over there. A good idea to prepare your CNY and share with your new friends over there!

    Hi Sue,
    These rolls are lovely with hot soup. Hope you'll try this out. Have a lovely day!

    Hi Susan,
    Hope you enjoy trying out these rolls. Have a nice day!

    Hi Brittany,
    Yes, they are really great with soup!

    Hi Kirsten,
    Yes, this would be heavenly eaten with butter straight right out of the oven! With a cup of black coffee!

    Hi Marguerite,
    Thanks for dropping by. I am liking this book more and more as I browse it! Have a nice day!

    Hi cikmanggis,
    Bila sudah cuba, beritahu ya? Roti ini sedap dengan sup cendawan. Suami cikmanggis dari keluarga Cina? Seronok-ya dapat menyambut dua perayaan bersama keluarga! (Berbelanja pun lebih!)He! He!

    Hi Priya,
    Thank you! Have a lovely day!

    Hi MaryMoh,
    Yes, this are lovely with soup, perfect for a light afternoon lunch!

    Hi lena,
    This is a lovely roll to bake. Try it out one of these days!

    Hi Brenda,
    Sharing with Cookbook Sundays is always a pleasure!

    Hi Mary,
    Thank you for your lovely words. Have a nice day!

    Hi Donna,
    Welcome to my blog! Nice to have you here. Hope to see you again! Have a lovely day!

    Hi Miz Helen,
    It is a pleasure linking to Full Plate Thursday. Looking forward to next week!

  16. Love this! Would like to invite you over to Fat Camp Friday @ Mangoes and Chutney. The linky is up all weekend and one blogger from the linky party is featured every Wednesday.

  17. Mmmm...these look so good, and the bread machine makes them so easy. :) A great combination!

  18. These rolls look amazing, and I adore rosemary so much especially in breads :)

  19. Hello Joy, sorry to be so late coming around to say a quick hello and let you know these rolls are stunning! Not only beautiful, but rosemary is one of my favorites and is especially delicious in bread. Thanks so much.