Homemade Ciabatta Buns

Two weekends ago my husband made an amazing pulled beef dinner and asked me if I could make some homemade buns to go with them.  When I want a bun to go with my pulled pork/beef, I want a chewy ciabatta bun.  So, I made Homemade Ciabatta Buns and they went perfect with the mouthwatering pulled beef.

Homemade Ciabatta Buns | A Sweet Baker

This recipe makes one loaf or 8 buns which is perfect when you need something quick to go with dinner.  I made up the dough at lunch time and by dinner we had fresh, warm buns on the table. While I was taking the pictures for these I couldn’t resist ‘testing’ one (warm with butter, or course) just to make sure they were going to be good!  Needless to say, these buns were the best I’ve made yet!

Homemade Ciabatta Buns | A Sweet Baker

Homemade Ciabatta Buns | A Sweet Baker

Another thing about this recipe is that you will be surprised by the dough.  It will be very runny, almost like pudding, but it will turn out perfect so don’t be worried.  I had never made ciabatta buns before so I was a little skeptical at first but my family quickly devoured them so I knew they were a hit. Soft and moist inside but chewy and fresh on the outside.

Homemade Ciabatta Buns | A Sweet Baker

Homemade Ciabatta Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 8 buns

Moist and chewy Ciabatta Buns are easy to make and even easier to eat! Perfect with pulled pork or just slathered with butter!


  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 Tbsp. warm water
  • 2 tsp. olive oil plus more to oil to bowl


In a stand mixer bowl whisk together flour, yeast, salt and sugar.
Place bowl in your stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, and slowly add in the water and mix ingredients on medium speed for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, remove paddle attachment and replace with dough hook. Turn on mixer again for another 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, grab lots of flour with your hands and grab big handfuls of the dough and throw them back into the bowl. Repeat several times until you've thoroughly thrown the dough into the bowl. This step allows you to add air into the dough so your buns with have nice holes throughout.
Pour 2 tsp. of oil olive on top of the dough, cover with plastic wrap and then a towel and let sit in a warm place for 1 hour. (I turned my oven on to 300 F before I began the throwing of the dough, for about 5 minutes, and then I shut it off. This is where I placed the bowl of dough for 1 hour to let rise).
Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and liberally sprinkle with flour. Set aside.
Remove dough from oven.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Pour dough out onto floured baking sheet and divide into 8 equal balls. I used my kitchen scraper for this which cut the dough perfectly. I also kept extra flour nearby to help lift the balls into place on the baking sheet.
Sprinkle dough balls with flour and bake for 30-35 minutes or until buns are golden brown and sound hollow when you tap on the middle of them.
Remove from oven and let cool.


* Total time includes the one hour of rise time.

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Recipe slightly adapted from Crepes of Wrath

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  1. Love homemade bread and these ciabatta buns look incredible! I can imagine how wonderful they smelled baking up in the oven and love how soft and chewy they look :)

  2. I love ciabatta so much — it’s the bread that I favor for a special sandwich! I’m going to have to add these to my bread-baking list as they look incredible!

  3. Your ciabatta looks beautiful, Liz! Perfect to go with the pulled beef.

  4. How awesome is this? My parents’ favorite buns are ciabatta and they always get theirs from Costco (or was it Sam’s club? I don’t even remember) so I bet they would be SO happy if I made these for them next time I see them. Great recipe! Sounds simple enough!

  5. Oh man I adore ciabatta. If I had this in the house all the time, that could be dangerous. ;) But totally worth it!

  6. These look amazing, Liz! Definitely will be trying this the next time we need buns for sandwiches!

  7. I love baking my own bread but haven’t made ciabatta buns yet. Yours look beautiful! Especially slathered in all that butter…yummm… I can’t wait to try this recipe. Pinned!

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