Olive and Basil Bread

After having a surprising success with my first attempt at quick bread baking, the last loaf was used in our packed lunches for a couple of days, I decided to be more adventurous and try adding Olives. I used Black Olives but you could use Green ones, which ever you prefer.

I think this bread would go well with a lovely big steaming bowl of pasta with a rich Tomato sauce or simply with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. The recipe is similar to last weeks Basil and Parmesan Bread recipe but with a couple of changes. Again I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out and I think my gran liked it.  It makes a nice and really personal gift but is great to eat your self.

(I forgot to get a picture of this so I have posted one of the bread I made last week, it should give you an idea of the size and shape when its done).

Ingredients for One Small Loaf,

425g Self Raising Flour + extra for dusting
200-300ml Water
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Salt

200g Black Olives Sliced.
A large handful of Basil leafs – torn


Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. In a large mixing bowl Sift the Flour, Baking Powder and salt and stir together. Wash and chop the basil and the Olives. I roughly chopped the Olives across so they were little circles.

Make a well in the center and pour in 200ml of cold water. With a spoon stir the water through to form a Dough. You may need more than 200ml of water but it will depend upon how wet your Dough is, this time around it needed less water than baking my last loaf.

Pull the Dough out of the bowl onto a floured work surface. Form the dough into a round loaf, see the picture for the rough shape. As you are working the dough into shape pull the sides into the middle folding them over and smoothing as you go. Once you have a smooth shape pop it on to a baking tray lined with baking parchment or grease proof paper. To make it look nice when it comes out of the oven use a knife to cut a cross into the top. You could use a loaf tin if you want to make sandwiches with the bread.

Bake in the center of a hot oven for 35-45mins and enjoy a kitchen that smells wonderful as it bakes. To test if whether the bread is ready tap it on the bottom, If it sounds hollow its ready to eat. Enjoy warm from the oven or as sandwiches the next day.


One response to “Olive and Basil Bread

  1. Brilliant idea! And good timing as I’m due to make bread today! Will be skipping off to Waitrose very shortly…


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