Zurie's Holey Rustic Olive-And-Cheddar Bread

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 55 mins

This is based on a French recipe but I changed it substantially. Be warned that this "bread" has a consistency unlike any you've seen! It's actually delicious ... It can be eaten as it, without butter. It'll be great with wine and cheeses or on a platter with cold meats and other savory items. It's great with fried fish, or simply a mixed-greens salad. Next time I'll probably add walnuts in chunky bits as well. Easy and quick. I give both metric and American weights and measures.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease a bread tin very well with butter. Mine have slightly sloping sides and measure, on the bottom, 3 1/4 x 7 1/2", and is about 2 " deep. (19 x 8 1/2 cm, 5 cm deep).
  2. Heat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg C, or slightly less if you have a convection oven.
  3. Drain the olives and pat dry with kitchen paper. Slice all of them into rounds.
  4. Grate the cheese on the large holes of your cheese grater, weigh, and keep.
  5. Put the flour into a bowl, break in the eggs, and whisk with electric beater. The eggs and flour will form small clumps.
  6. Add the baking powder, white wine, olive oil and creme fraiche to the flour-and-egg mixture. Whisk or beat until batter is smooth.
  7. Fold in the sliced olives and the cheese, folding in well.
  8. Add the black pepper, and strew over a pinch of salt if you like, although it's not strictly necessary due to the salty olives and the cheese.
  9. Scrape the cake-like batter into the greased tin and smooth the top. Bake for 55 - 60 minutes. Best is to test with a skewer, which should come out clean when bread is done.
  10. Turn out and cool on a rack.
  11. (The top might crack, which is normal).
Most Helpful

Excellent! Great with or without butter. Bet it would be great with black olives too.

LorenLou March 18, 2012

Easy, delicious, totally addictive. We have some olive lovers in my house and they just devoured this!

Chef MB June 09, 2010

I was so excited about making this, and I was disappointed that it didn't turn out correctly. It did not rise and seemed too moist. I probably should have allowed the bread to cook longer (it was not brown on top like the photos). I also cooked it for part of the time at too high a temperature because I had something else in the oven. I will not make that mistake again. I am also making a mental note to check my baking powder. I really loved the flavor even with the problems I had, and I will try again soon (especially now that I have the creme fraiche in the house).

evewitch February 25, 2008