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- Liquid from olive jar
- Water, warmed to 110 degrees F.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra-virgin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced or 1 tablespoon crushed dry rosemary
- 1 1/2 cups light rye flour
- 2 3/4 cups bread flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
- 1 (6-ounce) bottle or 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
Add enough warm water to olive juice to equal 1 cup of total liquid.
Bread Machine Instructions:
Add all the ingredients in the bread pan, except the olives, of bread machine. Process according to manufacturer's instructions for a dough setting. Do not be afraid to open the lid and check the dough. It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).
If you can not judge your dough by looking, stick your finger in and feel the dough. It should be slightly tacky to the touch. When the bread machine has completed the dough cycle, remove the dough from the pan to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough several times and form the dough into an oval; cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Stand Up Mixer Instructions:
In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5-quart stand mixer, add all the ingredients, except the olives. Using a dough hook, mix all the ingredients together into a uniform dough. It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until elastic, about 15 minutes. In an electric mixer, it should take about 9 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly oiled surface. Knead in the olives at this point. NOTE: I have found that the bread machine or mixer tears the olives up too much, so I now knead them in after the dough cycle has finished. Form dough into an oval, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 10 minutes. After resting, turn dough bottom side up and press to flatten.
Fold dough into an envelope by folding the top 1/3 of the way to the bottom. Then fold the bottom a 1/3 of the way over the top. Then press dough with the palm of your hand to make an indentation down the center of the dough and fold the top completely to the bottom, sealing the seam with the palm of your hand.
Place on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal or covered with a silpad; cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm spot to rise for approximately 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Oven Rising: Sometimes I use my oven for the rising. Turn the oven on for a minute or so, then turn it off again. This will warm the oven and make it a great environment for rising bread. If you can't comfortably press your hand against the inside of the oven door, the oven is too hot. Let it stand open to cool a bit.
Cool or Refrigerator Rise: If I do not have the time to wait for the rise to finish or I know that I will be interrupted before the completed rise, I do a cool rise. A cool rise is when the dough is place in the refrigerator and left to rise slowly over night approximately 8 to 12 hours. I usually do this after the first rise and the dough has been shaped into a loaf.
After dough has risen, slash the bread with a very sharp knife making three 1/2-inch deep diagonal slashes. Brush the top of the bread with cold water and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until nicely browned. A good check is to use an instant digital thermometer to test your bread. The internal temperature should be between 200 and 210 degrees F.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Makes 1 1/2-pound loaf.
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2 Responses to “Kalamata Olive Bread Recipe”
Hi, I tried this and it didn’t rise very well. I was left with a dense lumpy bread. Should there be sugar in the recipe? Thanks I’m new to baking bread.
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It depends on your baking conditions. If the air is too cold, the bread will not rise properly and make sure your yeast is fresh.