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!

Olive bread loaf and slices.

Why We Love This Olive Bread

  • It is so easy to make this olive bread
  • Only 7 Ingredients!
  • You can make many variations of this bread – see the Variations section below.
  • I find homemade bread to be wonderfully luxuriant.
  • It is great to share! I adore this Kalamata olive bread recipe and can’t wait to bake a fresh loaf for our friends and family on Easter.
Up close view of the olive bread loaf.

Recipe Ingredients

Easy Rustic Olive Bread ingredients.

Kalamata Olives: These salty, tangy, and slightly bitter olives lend the bread a distinct Mediterranean character, adding bursts of flavor and a contrasting texture to the soft crumb of the bread.

Garlic Powder: Adds a mild and slightly spicy garlic flavor to the bread, complementing the richness of the olives and giving depth to the overall taste profile.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

Green Olive Bread: Swap the Kalamata olives with pitted, chopped green olives. These have a brighter, more briny flavor compared to Kalamatas.

Black Olive Bread: Swap the Kalamata olives with pitted, chopped black olives. Regular black olives, such as those commonly found in cans, are milder and less salty than Kalamatas.

Rosemary Olive Bread: Add 1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh rosemary to the dough along with the olives. The piney aroma of rosemary complements the salty tang of the olives beautifully.

Cheese and Olive Bread: Incorporate ½ cup of grated Parmesan or crumbled feta cheese into the dough. The saltiness of the cheese will enhance the overall savory flavor of the bread.

Sun-dried Tomato and Olive Bread: Mix in ⅓ cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes (drained if oil-packed) when adding the olives. The sweet and tart taste of sun-dried tomatoes pairs well with the olives and adds more Mediterranean flair to the bread.

How to Make Olive Bread

Here are all the steps to make this easy, homemade olive bread recipe.

Step #1: Stir together the yeast, flour, warm water, salt, garlic powder, and olive oil in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use a spatula to roughly combine the ingredients. Let rest for 15 minutes to activate the yeast.

Olive bread dough ingredients being mixed together in a bowl.

Step #2: Fold in the chopped olives. 

Olives folded into the dough.

Step #3: 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.

Dough hook forming the dough in a mixing bowl.

Step #4: Transfer the kneaded dough to an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 60 minutes in a warm place.

Olive bread before rising.

Step #5: Punch the dough down.

Dough that has been punched down after first rise.

Step #6: 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.

Step #7: Allow to rise for another 60 minutes.

Olive loaf dough on top of a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Step #8: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place a second baking sheet on the bottom rack.

Step #9: Dust the loaf with flour. Use a serrated knife to make three shallow cuts across the top.

Slits cut into olive bread dough before baking.

Step #10: 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.

Step #11: Let cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing with a sharp knife.

See, this is an easy olive bread recipe!

Up close view of olive loaf and slices on a serving tray.

Look at that delicious texture! This kalamata bread is great to dip into olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use active dry yeast instead of instant yeast?

Yes, you can. For every teaspoon of instant yeast, use 1.25 teaspoons of active dry yeast. You might also need to let it proof a bit longer.

Can I make the dough ahead and refrigerate it?

Yes, you can make the dough, let it rise for the first time, then punch it down and refrigerate. When ready to bake, take it out, shape, let it rise a second time, and then bake.

Can I make this bread without a stand mixer?

Absolutely. Mix the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and then knead by hand on a floured surface until smooth and elastic.

What can I pair with this olive bread?

This bread pairs wonderfully with cheeses, cured meats, olive oil for dipping, soup, or Mediterranean dishes like hummus and tapenade.

Storage

You can store this bread in an airtight container on your counter for 5-7 days. If you are going to refrigerate this bread you can do so in an airtight container and it will last up to 2 weeks.

To freeze this Olive Bread wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and ensure no additional air is trapped inside. Then place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 1 month.

When serving after refrigerating or freezing be sure that the bread has reached room temperature and then you are good to go!

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).

Slice of Olive loaf being dipped into oil and vinegar mixture.

Yummy! You can also enjoy this olive bread loaf with butter or cream cheese.

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Easy Rustic Olive Bread Recipe

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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Course: Breads
Cuisine: North American
Diet: Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 1
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Linda
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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
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Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Transfer the kneaded dough to an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 60 minutes in a warm place.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing with a sharp knife.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g

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  1. 5 stars
    Made several attempts and every attempts with success and joy in baking. Thanks 😊.
    Could you please post the ingredients of flour and water in metric system/grams. And how much is 1 cup in grams.? Hope its not very much asked.

  2. 5 stars
    My mouth was watering as I read this recipe. I love your recipes! I tried your Tzatziki, and Greek Gigantes and they are spectacular.

    My bread has always been horrible. I have tried everything to make yeast bread. It either has giant holes or it turns out like a brick. I suppose I either over knead or over proof. Nothing in moderation, lol. I actually got a KitchenAid mixer for this. I AM going to succeed with this bread!

    Just waiting for the grocery delivery with some fresh yeast and off I go.

  3. 5 stars
    I made 3 loaves for a dinner party yesterday. They were raving about this bread! I loved adding the sun dried tomatoes. I kneaded by hand as I don’t have a mixmaster. This is now my go-to bread recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    awsome tasty bread recipe and super easy to do. im a mechanic and even i can do it-and the family all loved it! woohoo