I love making ciabatta bread the most because it is easier than baguettes and the ingredients are as simple. And I can still get crispy crust with good crumb. But once in a while, I would miss the texture of a fluffy white loaf and tasty French toast that can be made from it.
This recipe is almost the same as ciabatta (click here for recipe) except with the replacement of water with warm milk and the addition of 1 teaspoon of sugar and an egg for the main dough. The overnight starter stays the same.
For the final proofing, shape dough into a loaf and let it rise in a baking tin for a good 2 hours before baking in a 425F pre-heated oven for 35 minutes.
53 thoughts on “FLUFFY LOAF”
Baking yeast bread is something I have yet to master. I need to practice! This bread looks wonderful!!
Thank you Dani! Yes be it any bread, lots of practice will make it good eventually 🙂
Hi Danny, it was so late last night when I finished the post that I forgot what i was supposed to do. I forgot to send you this message…I nominated you for an award. Congratulations!
By the way, that is a beautiful bread. Just as you said, fluffy.
Thank you very much Tina! I am overwhelmed and proud to be nominated by you. I really appreciate it 🙂
What a beautiful loaf of bread. Would you say you’re an expert in bread-making?
Thank you very much for your kind comment. I just got a brief knowledge….far from being an expert. 🙂
That loaf looks delicious Danny!! Perfect crumb and beautifully crisp on the outside. Love your recipe for ciabatta too… that’s my second favourite loaf, after rye sourdough 🙂 Thanks for sharing your tips, as always!
Thank you for your nice comment Laura! I have not made rye sourdough before. Would really love to try it soon. 🙂
I’ve been meaning to learn to make bread at home. As a beginner, what kind of bread (with yeast) should I start with?
Your loaf inspired me to want to start making fluffy loaf bread at home. I had french toast in mind as well. 😉 Such a lovely post Danny! xx
Hi Anne, thank you very much for your comment. I am glad you like it. From my brief experience, I realized the baking procedure for different kind of instant yeast bread is about the same with some variation of ingredients and steps. So I would recommend you to go straight for the kind you want to achieve. I am sure you will be able to bake a beautiful loaf in no time. 🙂 Do let me know if you would like to exchange more tips. I would love to explore as well….danny
This is beautiful, Danny. Really. Is there anything better than freshly made bread? Well, maybe freshly made bread transformed into French toast! Have a lovely Sunday!
Hi Allison, thank you very much for your nice comment! I really appreciate it. This loaf is quite good on its own and even better transformed into french toast to go with peaches, maple syrup, cinnamon, icing sugar and fresh berries 🙂
This bread does look fluffy!! 🙂 YUM!
Thanks Lilly, the milk, sugar and oil really adds to make it fluffy. I’m lucky it works. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂
This loaf of bread looks delicious Dany! (as always) I enjoy looking at your beautiful pictures as well! I would love to bake bread but I would need to put more practice into this! 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend!
Hi Ingrid, thank you very much. I am so happy you like it. And the process is not that scary at all. I am sure you will be able to master it in no time. Let me know if you try. We can exchange lots of tips together. 🙂 Best wishes…danny
Thank you Dany! If I do, I will let you know; this is something my husband and I we have been considering making for a while! Your pictures are so beautiful to look at! 🙂
Looks great with lovely texture. I also use a starter when making bread but mine is based on the Taiwanese method of “tangzhong”, I’ll try your version too!
Hi Jean, Thank you very much for sharing the “tangzhong” method which is totally unknown to me. I did some research and it sounds amazing. I will sure to try and let you know how it goes. I’m so happy to learn something new. Thank you again. 🙂 ….danny
wow Danny..your bread looks beautiful..you have such a talent for bread making..i will have to give this one a try…i can see how this would make wonderful french toast…sarah
Sarah! 🙂 Thank you for the very nice comment. There is so much more to learn. I think I am a little obsessed playing with bread dough..Lol !!! It’s really fun to see how they transform with time..If you try, please let me know how it worked for you. And they do make wonderful french toast….danny
This bread looks so fluffy and tasty — I want to just reach through my screen and grab a piece! Well done, Danny!
Thank you Kenley, I am lucky it turns out well and so happy you like it 🙂
i tot i will haf one when i came back from aussie…hmmmm…hehehe
one whole loaf…? You must have tasted the best over there already. 🙂
I love ciabatta bread…but just like you, I crave for a fluffy bread every once in a while. Your loaf is looking so wonderful, light and pillowey. 🙂
Hi Amy, thank you very much! I am glad you shared the same..and love the word – Pillowey. 🙂
wow, fluffy indeed! looks delicious 🙂
Thank you. Glad you like it 🙂
I just want to take a bite, this looks great 🙂
Thank you very much! I’ll create a gluten free version for you 🙂
I bet this bread would make AMAZING french toast. I need to try baking some bread one of these days!
Thank you very much for stopping by. Yes it does! Please try it out. It is really fun 🙂
this bread looks so perfectly fluffy! I will have to try it out, hopefully mine turns out as well as yours did!
Thank you Lianna. Please do and give me your comments. I am sure yours will turn out even better! ….danny
Danny – if you’re interested in trying sourdough – you can get some freeze dried starter – and get your own starter going. I sent off for some which was originally started in 1847 in Oregon – and they will send their starter anywhere in the world for the just the cost of your postage. The info is here… http://lindymechefske.com/2012/12/12/an-ancient-culture-sourdough-bread-made-easy/. I sent off for it a few months back and was so excited when it arrived.
Your bread looks wonderful and I agree – an occasional big fluffy home-made white loaf is sometimes just the very thing! As good as cake!
Thank you so much Lindy! I am overwhelmed. It’s so kind of you to share this link. I don’t even dare to think of making sourdough because the process of creating the starter is beyond my capabilities. Never thought I could have a chance to try but you have just made it possible. I can’t wait to sent it out and wait for it to reach me 🙂
Your clean wite basic loaf of bread looks fantasticly tasty! Yummmm! Another must make of yours!
Thank you so much! I would love to add some raisins the next time 🙂
That sounds really good! 🙂 x
Danny, you are truly a bread master!! They aways turn out so perfect looking and beautiful. They belong in a gourmet bakery!!
Hi Brandi ! 🙂 Aw..that is such a great compliment. Thank you very much……you have not seen those defect ones yet..Lol !!!
This would be PERFECT to use for French toast. Otherwise, I’d happily have it with a lotta butter! Looks amazing!
Thank you very much for your nice comment Adrian. Other than French toast, I always have it for breakfast with lots of butter and jam as well…danny
You’re bread looks like it has wonderful texture, Danny! Delicious!
Thank you very much. I am glad you like it 🙂
A lovely looking recipe to come back to. But I don’t expect anything less from you! I have had a really interesting eating time these last several weeks. New York was full of fabulous restaurants and I was finally able to experience raw food, and I’m hooked!! It feels great to be back here, writing a little comment and wondering what you are up to. Whenever I visit I always leave with a smile 😉
Welcome back Gabriela !! I am so happy to hear from you 🙂 Thank you very much. I hope you had a great trip. I can almost feel the new energy in you. I miss New York and I can’t wait to read all your stories about your trip. And the food you have tasted. Write soon and keep smiling 🙂
You do make me happy, friend 😉
Wow!!!! So many time to find a recipe for a really fluffy bread!!! Thank you to share it!!!!
Thank you for stopping by and liking this post Vanessa. I am following your blog. I love your style 🙂