- 500g strong white flour, plus extra for rolling
Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…
- 1 tsp salt
- 7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…
- 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little for brushing
- small bunch of basil
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
- 170g pitted black olives (about 200g unpitted weight)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 4 tinned anchovies (optional)
Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…
- 50g pitted green olives
In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, yeast, 1 tbsp olive oil and 300ml warm water, to make a soft dough. Knead by hand for 10 mins or with the dough hook in a food processor or mixer for 5 mins. Put the dough back in the cleaned out mixing bowl, then cover the bowl with oiled cling film. Leave to rise for an hr in a warm place until doubled in size.
Meanwhile, make the filling. Discard any tough basil stalks (leave tender ones on) and put in a mini food processor or hand blender beaker with the black olives. Add 4 tbsp olive oil, the garlic and the anchovies, if using. Whizz to a rough paste.
Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Line a shallow baking tin about 30 x 20cm with non-stick paper. On a floured worktop, roll out the dough to a rectangle roughly 30 x 40cm. Spread the olive paste all over and arrange the whole green olives in a line down one of the short edges. Roll up the dough like a Swiss roll, starting at the short olive-encrusted end to make a sausage shape.
Cut the dough into 12 slices, then carefully lift each one into the tin, to make 4 rows of 3 swirl shapes. Lightly brush all over with the remaining olive oil. Loosely cover with cling film, then leave to rise for 20 mins or so, until slightly puffed up and filling the tin. Cook for 20-25 mins until golden, then leave to cool in the tin.
Getting to the partyMake the bread swirls up to 24 hours ahead and store at room temperature, or make up to two months ahead and freeze in a plastic freezer bag. Defrost before serving. Transport them, in the tin, covered with cling film. Warm for 10 mins in a 200C/180C fan/gas 6 oven.