Easy Rustic Olive Bread

This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

The wonderful people over at Bob’s Red Mill were kind enough to sponsor this Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe. I love supporting local companies!


What is there to say about bread? I find homemade bread to be wonderfully luxuriant, which is funny because it is such a simple thing to make, and a humble staple in our diet.

This Easy Rustic Olive Loaf recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Looking at olive bread recipes?  Here is a great one that you will enjoy sharing with others! I adore this kalamata olive bread recipe and can’t wait to bake a fresh loaf for our friends and family on Easter.This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Want to know how to make olive bread that is delicious?  Well, okay, then.  Just as good bread makes a meal, good flour is what makes the bread! I love baking with Bob’s Red Mill products, and for this recipe I used their Organic All-Purpose Flour.

I love that I can always achieve the perfect texture using this flour – consistency is key!!This Looking for olive bread recipes? Here is a great one! Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

I spent some time perfecting this olive loaf recipe for you, which meant that I had several loaves of this bread to eat my way through over the past few days.

If, for some reason, you have extra bread to use up, I highly recommend warming the bread and smothering it with butter, toasting it and smearing it with cream cheese, or turning it into croutons for an easy panzanella (bread salad).This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

I like to store my olive loaf bread by placing it on a small cutting board, then wrapping the bread and the board loosely in a large flour sack towel. This keeps the bread from drying out while still allowing enough air to pass through to prevent the bread from molding.  Use this link to order these white flour sack dish towels from Amazon. 

How to Make Olive Bread

Here are all the steps to make this easy, homemade olive bread recipe. This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Combine the first six ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use a spatula to roughly combine the ingredients. Let rest for 15 minutes to activate the yeast. This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Fold in the olives.  This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this bread with olives recipe!

Attach the dough hook and knead on medium for 5 minutes. Sprinkle in a bit more flour as needed if the dough won’t release from the sides of the bowl. This Easy Rustic Olive Loaf recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Transfer the kneaded dough to an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 60 minutes in a warm place.
This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

After the first rise, you can see a larger dough ball below. This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Punch the dough down. This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use your hands to shape it into a loaf. This can be a round loaf as shown here or a more oblong loaf as shown in the photo at the top of this post.

Allow to rise for another 60 minutes.
This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place a second baking sheet on the bottom rack. Dust the loaf with flour. This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Use a serrated knife to make three shallow cuts across the top.
Place the baking sheet containing the dough on the middle rack of the preheated oven. Toss a half cup of water onto the hot baking sheet on the bottom rack and close the door. This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Bake for 30 minutes.
Let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

See, this is an easy olive bread recipe!

Look at that delicious texture!This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!This kalamata bread is great to dip into olive oil and balsamic vinegar.This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Yummy! You can also enjoy this olive bread loaf with butter or cream cheese.Looking for a recipe with olive bread? Here is a great one! This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

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Here’s the Recipe!

Easy Rustic Olive Bread

Easy Rustic Olive Bread

This Easy Rustic Olive Bread recipe uses salty kalamata olives to add a depth of flavor to this rustic bread recipe!

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pitted, chopped Kalamata olives

Instructions

  1. Combine the first six ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use a spatula to roughly combine the ingredients. Let rest for 15 minutes to activate the yeast.
  2. Fold in the olives. Attach the dough hook and knead on medium for 5 minutes. Sprinkle in a bit more flour as needed if the dough won't release from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Transfer the kneaded dough to an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 60 minutes in a warm place.
  4. Punch the dough down, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use your hands to shape it into a loaf. Allow to rise for another 60 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place a second baking sheet on the bottom rack. Dust the loaf with flour and use a serrated knife to make three shallow cuts across the top.
  6. Place the baking sheet containing the dough on the middle rack of the preheated oven. Toss a half cup of water onto the hot baking sheet on the bottom rack and close the door. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Nutrition

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150|Total Fat: 3g|Saturated Fat: 0g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 2g|Cholesterol: 0mg|Sodium: 149mg|Carbohydrates: 27g|Fiber: 1g|Sugar: 0g|Protein: 4g|

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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March 20, 2015 | Last Updated on April 12, 2021 by Linda

76 thoughts on “Easy Rustic Olive Bread”

  1. This olive bread recipe is quick and easy and a great winter inclusion to dinner. I actually added some chopped onions as well very tasty…
    I’ll be making this again

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  2. Hi Linda,

    I have never made bread before. Made your olive bread and it was to my taste buds, wonderful. Shared it with my girls, and they are well travelled and critical. All three claimed it was the best they had tasted. It is now my go to bread for family get togethers.

    Thank you for your wonderful recipe.

    Reply
  3. Hi Linda
    Made this recipe yesterday and it turned out so well. The first rise took a lot longer than expected. Its like the yeast didn’t wake up straight away, even though I tested it and it is still active. Anyway the end result was very good and I will be using this recipe again in the future.
    Thanks

    Reply
  4. This bread is sooooo delicious and I love making it! If I split this dough in half to make 2 smaller loaves how long should I bake it for?

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    • Hi Sher,

      You can refrigerate before the second rise. So, make the dough through the first rise, then punch it down and put it in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight. When you are ready to use, shape the dough as desired and leave to rise until it doubles in size. Refrigerated dough may need more time to rise, so allow about 2 hours.

      -Linda

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