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Herbed Olive Bread

This fluffy, herbed dinner bread is bursting with Mediterranean flavors of kalamata olives and basil. Quick to prepare in a pinch, with minimal time for risings.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 17 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Rising Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 1 loaf


  • Tinfoil
  • plastic wrap
  • pan/baking stone
  • mixing bowl/stand mixer with dough hook


  • 1 ¼ c. warm water microwaved about a minute
  • 3-3 ½ c. flour ideally bread flour which has a higher protein content that makes it preferable for bread-baking
  • 1/4 c. Kalamata olives chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 ¼ tbsp. quick-rising dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. salt


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Add yeast and sugar to mixing bowl, then add warm water. Let sit for five minutes until mixture foams, then add olive oil, basil, garlic powder and salt.
  • Mix in three cups of flour, one cup at a time. Either mix thoroughly by hand or use stand mixer with dough hook attachment, adding 1 tbsp. of flour at a time if dough is not coming together and sticking to the sides of the bowl.
  • Oil another bowl. Flour your hands, form dough into a ball, then place into bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.
    TIP: In the interest of saving dishes, you can use the same bowl — just be sure to remove all of the dough, or your dough ball will cling to those bits.
  • On a floured surface, knead olives into the ball of dough, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the dough. Flour your hands and form into a ball, covering in fine layer of flour. Place back into oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Flour your hands, then gently form into a ball or oval, depending on what shape you’d like the bread to take. Transfer to a floured pan or baking stone, then slice a few slashes in the top of the loaf. Bake for 35 minutes, allow bread to cool for several minutes, and serve while warm!
Keyword bread, dinner bread, herbed bread, kalamata olives, olive, yeast bread