Gluten-Free Kalamata Olive and Rosemary Bread

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 10 mins

This is a delicious gluten-free olive oil loaf with a more rustic style and a soft, pliable texture. The rosemary and olives lend a wonderful flavor. It doesn't need to be toasted in order to be soft and delicious (unlike most GF breads). Try a slice with butter on it, or as an accompaniment to Southern European and Mediterranean dishes, or try it with any soup or stew. As for me, I ate the entire loaf (not at once, of course) with hummus on top because I loved how the flavors went together. It would also make a killer grilled cheese sandwich with sharp cheddar.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  2. Sift the flours, yeast and all other dry ingredients (except coarse sea salt) into a medium bowl. Stir in flax meal and rosemary, and combine.
  3. Combine wet ingredients, including the two whole eggs and the two separated egg whites in a large bowl, using a hand-mixer on low or medium speed. [The two separated egg yolks should be set aside in a small bowl for later use as a glaze]. When fully combined, add kalamata olives. Slowly add dry ingredient mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until fully blended, with no lumps. Scrape the sides regularly.
  4. Grease a 9x5" bread pan, and pour the dough into the pan. Use a spatula or knife to evenly shape the top of the loaf. Cut two diagonal slashes in the top of the loaf. Beat the two separated egg yolks that have been set aside and brush the top of the loaf very lightly with them. Optional: Sprinkle coarse sea salt crystals very sparsely to embellish the loaf.
  5. Turn off the oven and immediately place the pan in it. Do not open the door again, if possible. Allow the dough to rise for 90 minutes. It should rise to the very top of the pan.
  6. Increase heat to 350F and bake for approximately 40 minutes. The crust should be golden-brown. Allow to cool slightly before removing it from the pan to finish cooling. Do not slice until the bread is no longer hot.
  7. This loaf does not need to be frozen, but if there are leftovers after a few days, place slices in airtight bags and freeze.
Most Helpful

Excellent. I followed the recipe to a T except for substituting Millet flour for the amaranth flour since I didn't have any. My yeast appears to be bad, since my loaf rose less than 1" after 90 minutes. This did not effect the taste however. I made the most epic grilled cheese ever using 2 slices of this bread with some pepperjack cheese in the middle. My olives were packed in olive oil, so poured some of it out of the jar and used it for part of the called for 5 tbsp olive oil. I have still yet to see if it makes good sandwich bread.

Andrew Mollmann April 06, 2009

WOW! This bread is outstanding! I'm eating some of it right now, with hummus. mmmm! Seriously, I ate half the loaf last night. I made mine focaccia-style instead of a regular "loaf." I follwed the recipe exactly, except I ran out of honey so used a bit of sugar instead. This is by far the best gluten free bread I've made. I actually WANT to eat it! OUTSTANDING!!

melanie June 25, 2007

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