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Olive Bread Recipe
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Olive Bread

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"Delicious with any soup or salad... and great toasted the next day!"

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Original recipe makes 2 loaves Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    3 hrs 20 mins


  1. Place water, yeast, and molasses in a mixing bowl; stir to mix. Let stand for a few minutes until mixture is creamy and foamy.
  2. Add olive oil and salt; mix. Add flour, about a cup at a time, until dough is too stiff to stir. Add olives and fresh herbs.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board. Knead, adding flour as needed to keep from being sticky, until smooth and elastic. Place in well oiled bowl, and turn to coat the dough surface with oil. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about an hour or so.
  4. Punch the dough down, split into two pieces, and form into two round loaves. Place on greased baking sheet . Spray with cold water and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Let loaves rise for 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for about 45 minutes, or until they are brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
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Nov 11, 2003

Best olive breat recipe yet, and if you're going to spend 3hrs making bread, you might as well make two loaves. the first loaf will be gone right out of the oven. NOTES: 2pkgs dry yeast; 12oz jar pitted kala olives chopped; 1.5 tblspns salt; Brush bread with egg white for a good crust.

Feb 14, 2004

This recipe is really good. To make it more savory I rolled out the dough and spashed on some olive oil and sprinkled bleu cheese crumbles, more olives and more rosemary, then rolled them up like cinnamon bread. It's so good with any meal.


17 Ratings

May 18, 2003

Wonderful.Will make again.

Feb 26, 2009

Wow, adapted this to my bread machine and it is good. Really great toasted with mozzarella cheese. YUM! I also made it with whole wheat flour (with added vital wheat gluten) in the machine with great results. BTW, it worked best for my bread machine when I calculated for 10 servings, squeezed the olives out thoroughly and tossed them with the dry ingredients, and used 1 3/8 cups of water.

Feb 26, 2009

I made this recipe exactly as given, and it yielded two lovely loaves of bread. Will definitely make again! Edit: My bread looks NOTHING like the picture, which I'm pretty sure is a picture of a completely different recipe.

Feb 06, 2006

Yummy!! This bread was a hit at a superbowl party that I went to. I added the bleu cheese as suggested by someone else who wrote a review, it was a nice touch to an already mouthwatering recipe. We dipped the bread in seasoned olive oil, it was sooo yummy!!

Jun 12, 2012

This is excellent! I like my olive bread nice and herby, so I added 1/4 tsp each of thyme, oregano, and basil. I covered the crust with sesame seeds and a bit of coarse salt. I also added some chopped bell peppers, which meant I needed to cut the water a bit. I would not advise anyone to mix their water first...active dry yeast does not need to be activated, and good bread making technique is to add water a bit at a time until the dough is right. Don't let the water dictate the flour content. Even without the additions, this would be nice tasty bread....thanks for the recipe.

Apr 11, 2012

Brilliant recipe! I give it five stars, even though I don't really care for kalamata olives I thought it was good. For something new, try having good ole' green olives IN KALAMATA OLIVE'S STEAD! It makes it AWESOME-ER. Sorry for the childish writing style, but this is a pretty cool recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 186 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.6 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 5.7 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 384 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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