Mediterranean Black Olive Bread

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 45 mins

This bread takes some time to prepare but is well worth it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl, mix together flour, yeast, sugar, salt, garlic powder, italian seasoning, black olives, olive oil, and water.
  2. Turn out dough on a floured board.
  3. Knead until smooth- about 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Let rise about 45 minutes, until it doubles in size and punch down.
  5. Knead for another 5 to 10 minutes an let rise for 30 minutes, until it doubles in size.
  6. Round the dough on kneading board.
  7. Place dough upside down in a bowl lined with a lint-free, well floured towel.
  8. Let rise until double in size.
  9. While the bread is rising for the third time, put a pan of water in the bottom of the oven.
  10. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  11. Gently turn loaf out onto a sheet pan that has been lightly oiled and dusted with cornmeal.
  12. Bake loaf at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  13. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes, or until done.
Most Helpful

5 5

I took Karen's advice and did the first 6 steps in my ABM, and then picked up on Step 7. I made some changes, using sun-dried tomato oil instead of the olive oil, and using 1/4 cup kalamata olives & 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes instead of the 1/2 cup olives. The result was ABSOLUTE DELICIOUSNESS! And the bread looked amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

5 5

I didnt change anything the first time I made this, now I make it all the time. I do add more olives because we love them. Thank you for sharing it with us.

I don't want to assign any stars to my review because I used my bread machine to make the bread so it isn't fair to rate the recipe since I did not follow the instructions.The bread tastes very, very good. If anyone else would like to use their bread machine for this recipe then I recommend cutting the water down to 1 cup and see if that is enough liquid. Be sure to drain the olives very, very well. I used kalamata olives. The baking time seemed off. The first 15 minutes at 450 degrees browned the loaf so much I thought it was done. I ended up continuing to bake it, as directed, but at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes more. I liked the flavor so much that I will try this again and see if I can get it to work better using the bread machine.