Mediterranean Olive Bread

Mediterranean Olive Bread Recipe

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Vickie Parks


This recipe produces a wonderful round, rustic-looking loaf that has a lovely crispy crust and a soft, tender bread inside. It's quite flavorful and great with any Greek meal.

You can change the bread a bit by using a different type of Mediterranean olive each time you make this bread.


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2 Hr
45 Min


  • 3 c
    bread flour
  • 2 tsp
    active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp
    granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp
  • 2/3 c
    chopped greek olives (like kalamata or other greek olives)
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 1/4 c
    warm water (110°f/45°c)
  • ·
    oil, for greasing pan
  • ·
    all-purpose flour, for dusting pan

How to Make Mediterranean Olive Bread


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, olives, olive oil, and water until a soft dough forms. Turn dough onto a floured board, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside, and let rise about 45 minutes, until it doubles in size.
  2. Punch down. Knead well again, for about 5 to 10 minutes. Let rise for about 30 minutes, until it doubles in size
  3. Shape the dough into a ball and place upside down in a bowl lined with a lint-free, well floured cloth. Let rise until double in size.
  4. While the bread is rising for the third time, put a pan of water in the bottom of the oven. Preheat oven to 450°F (230C).
  5. Gently turn loaf out onto a flat baking sheet pan that has been lightly oiled and dusted with all-purpose flour. Bake at 450° (230°C) for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 400°F (200°C), and bake for 30 minutes more, or until done.

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About Mediterranean Olive Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Greek

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