Olive oil bread

Olive oil bread

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(56 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins Plus rising


Makes 1 loaf
Follow this simple step-by-step method for a homemade loaf, or adapt to include your favourite flavours

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  • 7g sachet easy-blend yeast or 15g fresh yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar



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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  1. Tip the flour into a mixing bowl. For easy-blend dried yeast, stir this into the flour. For fresh yeast, crumble it and rub into the flour as you would with butter when making pastry. Add the salt and sugar.

  2. Boil the kettle and measure 100ml into a jug. Top up with cold water to the 300ml mark. Test the temperature with your finger – it should feel perfectly hand-hot. Add the oil.

  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid all at once. Mix quickly using your hands or a wooden fork to make a soft and slightly sticky dough. Wipe the dough around the bowl to pick up any loose flour.

  4. Sprinkle the work surface with flour and tip out the dough. Knead by stretching it away from you, then folding it in half towards you and pushing it away with the heel of your hand. Give it a quarter turn and repeat, developing a rhythm.

  5. When the dough is smooth, put it back into the mixing bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for 1 hr (no need to find a warm place). The dough is ready when it springs back when you press it with your finger. (At this stage, you can add other flavourings - see 'Goes well with', right).

  6. Tip dough onto a floured surface, knead to remove air bubbles. Shape into a round, place on an oiled baking sheet and slash top with sharp knife. Cover and rise for 30 mins. Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 8. Bake for 30-35 mins until browned and crisp.

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8th May, 2014
Lovely bread, very easy to make and pleased with results. I made half the mixture and used only a tiny bit of salt, added black pepper and poppy seeds. Will definitely make again.
3rd Apr, 2014
sooo good. lovely soft crust, didnt have to add any extra water or flour, will def be a regular occurance in the kitchen
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28th Mar, 2014
fantastic recipe, made a loaf today and it was delicious, had it hot from the oven, lovely tastes and wonderful smell, this recipe is for keeps.
5th Jan, 2014
very easy to make in no time. I added seeds and black kalamata olives as well .The result was unbelievably yummy bread .Definitely will be regular on our table :-)
25th Oct, 2013
Absolutely loved this! I might have added too much olive oil so I found the dough to be very difficult to work with - way too sticky to knead properly and even extra flour didn't seem to do the trick - but in the end it turned out just fine. Delicious! Soft crumb, delicious crust, oily but light texture on the inside. I added a good amount of black pepper, a tsp of rosemary and a tsp of oregano to the dough. Made it even better. For regular bread I would find it a bit too salty, but if you bake this bread to go with soup it's fine.
28th Aug, 2013
Lovely recipe, really easy to make and very tasty bread. Definitely a recipe I will use over and over again.
3rd Aug, 2013
Decided to make this as I was clearing out my store cupboard, I read the recipe wrong at the stage of proving it (by putting back to rise again for 30mins instead of putting in oven) when I'd realised that, I kneaded it again and then followed on with recipe, baked it at 200C for 30mins and rested it in oven for the rest of cooking time with oven turned off, took it out and it felt as ahard as a rock ....so I thought I had ruined it.. but how wrong was I, after cooled it sliced beautifully, spred with lashings of butter, I was blown away!!!!!see lesson to ones self dont think its always ruined will be making it this way in future!!!!!
31st Jul, 2013
Really excellent! I split my dough into a loaf and also made 4 buns (baked in terracotta pots) Made it look like I can cook!
31st Jul, 2013
This is excellent - it made me look like I can cook! I split my batch in two and made one loaf and baked 4 buns in teracotta pots. They were fab!
15th May, 2013
Excellent recipe, made this bread today and it surpassed my expectations. Easy to make and tastes fantastic. Will be making this a lot in future.


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