Join 4th generation baker Nicky Giusto – head of sales & product R+D for Central Milling – for a master class on Ciabatta, perfect for beginner or intermediate bakers alike.
About Your Teacher
Nicky Giusto is a fourth-generation baker and miller who grew up in the world of bread. He learned production baking in commercial bakeries with his uncle, Keith Giusto. Nicky further honed his skills by learning from and working with a wide range of customers at Central Milling, otherwise known as "the family business." In 2016, he competed in the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie – also known as the world cup of bread baking – and later found himself coaching Team USA at the 2020 Coupe.
At Central Milling, Nicky is in charge of sales, product R&D, formula development and technical support for their commercial customers – who are some of the most well-known brands and bakeries around the country.
What You'll Learn
What is Ciabatta?
Learn about what defines this classic Italian bread, how it evolved and what makes it so special (and delicious!).
How to make 3 variations
A traditional version made with a poolish, a whole wheat version made with sourdough,* and a version made with chocolate and candied orange peel.
Advanced bread-making skills
Learn about pre-ferments, working with different types of flour and high-hydration dough, as well as advanced mixing, folding & shaping techniques.
*Note: An active sourdough starter is required for the Sourdough Ciabatta. If you don't have one, basic instructions are provided on how to create and maintain a sourdough starter.
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