I love baking bread. I have a lovely bread machine, but seldom use it for baking a loaf. More often I mix and rise the dough in it and then bake my loaf in the oven. Although I generally start from scratch, I do like to keep a packet of ciabatta mix in the cupboard for extra-lazy days because then home made bread is even easier than popping out to the corner shop for a large sliced!
However I don't follow the instructions on the ciabatta mix packet. I put the full amount of water into the bread maker, rather than the reduced amount they suggest for bread machines, add a tablespoon of olive oil and set the machine to the dough setting. The result is a very wet dough which rises a LOT.
Then I turn it all out onto a greased baking sheet. The dough is too wet to shape into loaves, so I just use slightly damp hands to coax it into a single large oval. Back to the pack instructions for proving and baking, remembering that the dough is too sticky to cover (it will stick to everything) so it needs to be left in a draught free place.
Here is the finished loaf, ready to serve with home made carrot soup, which you can see lurking in the saucepan behind it.