Whole-wheat olive bread

April 11, 2013

Since January, I've been making my own bread instead of buying it. I made some once, and somehow became a bi-weekly tradition; I guess I became addicted to the delicious smell of warm bread filling my home. I've been experimenting with many different mixes and recipes, and came up with this one, which my love for olives makes it my favourite. 

You can do the bread by hand or using a stand mixer (ex: Kitchenaid) with a dough hook attachment. I do not recommend a food processor unless you have a plastic blade, or else you’ll end up with olive butter! 

3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 ¼ cup warm (not boiling) water
½ cup black olives, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pinch salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

Optional: 1 egg, beaten

1) Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the water, let it foam.

2) In a bowl (or your stand-in mixer), toss with a spoon (or if using a mixer, on the lowest speed) the olives and salt into the whole-wheat flour.

3) Pour in the yeast and water mixture, knead for 10 minutes (Kitchenaid speed: 5-6) until the dough is firm and elastic and doesn’t stick to the bowl.

4) With your fingers, coat the bowl and the dough with oil.

5) Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic film and let it rise for 30-45 minutes or until it has doubled in volume.

6) Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or foil, which you’ll need to grease lightly). Punch the dough and form into small buns (this recipe yields about 12 or so) spaced evenly on the baking sheet.*

7) Cover with a kitchen towel and let the buns rise for another 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.

8) Optional step: paint the buns with the beaten egg to make them shiny.

9) Bake for 20-25 minutes until the buns are golden.

*You can form the dough into one single loaf or two baguettes, but be sure to increase baking time by 5-10 minutes.

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Beauty Follower said...

Love olive bread!

The Crush said...

We're always doing our bread ourselves with my boyfriend but havn't got the machine yet...
Anyway! long life to bread! It is always delicious, in particular olive or cheese ones!


kristixoxo said...

This looks amazing - I can't wait to try it!

E said...

This looks so so yummy! I'm such a bread fanatic and I need to start cooking some of my own!

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