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Olive Bread

Posted by Trish on June 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM

So this is one of those times where I bake because of J.  On the weekend, J wanted Kalamata olives in his greek salad.  I am not a big olive eater so I requested he'd buy as much as he needed for the salad.  J ends up buying half a tub full of olives and eats 6 of them.  So what do you do with a tub full of Kalamata olives?  You bake them into  bread!!!

With bread machines and stand mixers nowadays, fewer people knead and proof the dough by hand but I absolutely love this process.  To properly knead the dough, dig the heals of your palm into the bottom of the dough and push forward to stretch it out.  Fold the dough in half from top to bottom, turn the dough 1/4 of a turn and repeat the process until the dough is smooth and elastic.  

(From Left to Right: dough ready to be kneaded, first proof, awaiting final proof)

The bread is wonderfully flavoured, studded with olives and a hint of sweetness.  The bread has a crisp crust with a soft pillowy crumb.

Wished J was here to enjoy it!!  

Categories: Breads

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Reply Deen
11:24 PM on June 24, 2010 

I love bread. It looks so good.

Btw, you should ask Yang about her bread eating habits as a kid. haha.