It'll only take a a few steps/few hours and most of that time the dough is doing all the work, so you can just relax.
Step 1: Ingredients
- 500g bread flour
- about 2 cups of warm water
- 2 tsp. yeast
- 1 tbsp. salt
Put your ingredients in a bowl which is AT LEAST 3x the volume of your ingredients.
Now use a something to vigorously stir, or whip, the batter together. do this for 5-10 minutes until your mixture is a goopy batter, almost like what you would use for pancakes but much thicker. I like using the handle-end of a wooden spoon to mix my ciabatta batter because it's easy to move the batter around and also because it's easy to clean.
If you want, after mixing the batter, you can move the batter to an oiled bowl but the batter will still end up sticking after a couple of hours in the bowl so I don't bother
Now wait for the batter to TRIPLE in size; this should take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, give or take. When it's tripled it'll look like the pictures.