This Greek olive bread recipe is just teeming with the flavours of Greece and the Mediterranean, with the delicious rustic bread, oozing with plump, rich olives, herbs and red onions.
This bread is usually made with white flour, and with so many Greek recipes, enriched with a little olive oil.
There is nothing like the wonderful aroma of freshly cooked bread wafting from the kitchen to gather everyone around for a tasting. This Eliopsomo - Olive bread recipe has a lovely rich flavour, and the sight and smell of this bread tempts all the senses.
Eliopsomo literally means olive bread - Elio - olive, Psomo - bread.
Serving SuggestionsYou can serve this olive bread recipe instead of normal bread at a Greek meal.
Have as a light lunch with cheese and ham.
Toast it and drizzle extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of freshly ground salt and pepper.
Have it fresh or grilled with slices of fresh, juicy tomatoes and crumbled feta.
Cut thin slices and have with dips.
Include in a meze, with a selection of appetizers, ideal with a drink.
Use good quality, rich oily olives for this olive bread recipe, you will appreciate their flavour in the bread.
Ingredients1 red onion, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons olive oil, for frying
675g/1 1/2lb / 6 cups white bread flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
25g/1oz fresh yeast OR 2 teaspoons dried yeast
350ml / 12 fl oz /1v 1/2 cups lukewarm water
5 tbspn olive oil
175g / 6 oz/ 1 1/2 cups pitted black olives, roughly chopped
2 tbspn fresh coriander, marjoram or oregano, finely choppped
extra flour for dusting
Makes 2 small loaves or 1 large loaf
If you wish to use this olive bread recipe to make rolls, you would reduce the cooking time to about 25 minutes. If you are making 1 large loaf, you would probably need an extra 10 minutes baking time.
Enjoy your olive bread recipe!
Using a Breadmaker
There are two options to make this olive bread recipe using a Breadmaker.
You can make and bake the loaves in the breadmaker. This will save a lot of time.
If using this method, place all the ingredients in the bread pan, as per your machines instructions, omitting the olives, herbs and onions.
After approx 20 minutes (differs with every machine) the beeper will go off to indicate now is the time to add any flavourings.
Add the olives, herbs and onions.
Leave until the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread calls you to the kitchen!
Another way of using the breadmaker for the olive bread recipe is to use the dough setting. This will do away with the mixing, kneading and leaving to rise steps that we cover above.
Place all the ingredients in the breadmaker, except the olives, herbs and onions.
Turn the breadmaker on the dough setting.
Once it has finished, remove the dough and carry on from step 10 above where you roll the dough out and place the olives, etc on the dough.
The purpose of using this method is you spend less time on the mixing, kneading, rising, but by baking in your own oven, you get to shape the bread into 2 small loaves with a lovely crust.
I love freshly baked bread,
but, like many families these days, I am too busy to make the bread completely by hand, all the time. (There are times I do this, mostly lazy weekends
when the whole mixing, kneading work feels good).
This is the perfect solution to quality food and saving time. It does not affect the taste of the bread or how much it rises, but I have the pleasure of knowing exactly what is in my bread - no preservatives or chemicals,
and the taste is so much better.
There are many breadmakers on the market, do choose a reliable brand name. Make sure it will bake a fairly large size bread, you always have the option of using less ingredients to make a smaller loaf.
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