Olive Obsession: Kalamata Olive Rosemary Bread

Whether you mix the bread in a bread machine or by hand, this kalamata olive rosemary bread fabulous bread for any olive-lover!

Kalamata Olive Rosemary Bread by FamilySpice.com

If your child loves a particular food or recipe, you find yourself bending over backwards to make this dish to bring them happiness. Middle-Child has a number of oddities about him that make him stand out in a crowd. And it’s not middle-child-syndrome, as he was born this way and has acted in this manner from birth- when he was the baby in the family, before middle-child-status. One of his funniest habits, let’s call it, is his obsessive compulsive qualities. When he likes something he LOVES it, and I’m sorry for you if you serve him something he doesn’t like.

Middle-Child is obsessed with pickles, olives, artichokes and hearts of palm. When Santa came to visit last Christmas, a small jar of olives was found in his stocking. When family members come over to our house, they bring him olives or pickles, and get a big hug and smile in return. At super bowl parties, you can find my little man quietly munching on the little green cocktail olives and cleaning out the bowl of condiments.

One of his favorite breads is, you guessed it, olive bread. But after shelling out $5 at my local Albertsons for a small round of olive bread, I finally began baking my own. My main motivation was remembering that I had my mother’s old bread machine tucked away in the cabinets. If the machine did all the hard work, it would save me oodles of time and frustration!

Kalamata Olive Rosemary Bread by FamilySpice.com

My first batch of olive bread, wasn’t so successful. I added the olives too late and they were baked all clumped together on the bottom of the loaf.

Kalamata Olive Rosemary Bread by FamilySpice.com

He didn’t mind. He gobbled up the olive-ridden portion of the bread in no time.

My second loaf proved a success, but I didn’t like the looks of the bread machine loaf of olive delight. Also, the olive bits were so small and the bread was purple. But, it tasted great. I also didn’t like the shape of the loaf and I wanted a crunchier crust.

Kalamata Olive Rosemary Bread by FamilySpice.com

I found that using the bread machine to mix my bread was my best bet. I use the dough cycle of the machine. After it’s done, I hand knead the dough a second time, this time adding in the olives. I cover it and let it rise again for about an hour, then bake the bread in a 400ºF oven for 20 minutes. If I mixed the olives by hand, during the second kneading, I would get a whiter bread with big chunks of olives (pictured on top). If I had the machine mix in the olives, I would get a purplish-loaf of bread, with most of the olives completely blended in (pictured below).

Kalamata Olive Rosemary Bread by FamilySpice.com

And Middle-Child is eating olive bread with dinner. He is eating olive bread sandwiches for lunch. He is eating olive bread for breakfast!

“My mom makes the best soup!” he brags.

“Mommy, I want some more olive bread!” he begs.

Of course, not everything I make is golden. One night I made shrimp. Everyone loved it. Everyone, but him.

“Mommy, this tastes HORRIBLE! It’s the worst food I’ve ever tasted.”

It can stab you right in the heart, especially when you’ve spent hours trying to get the damn meal on the table.

But, he can’t help it. He really doesn’t like shrimp.

Olive-Rosemary Bread

Whether you mix the bread in a bread machine or by hand, this is fabulous bread for any olive-lover. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp rosemary, fresh
  • 1 TBS granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp quick active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted & coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. In the pan of bread machine that uses 2 cups of flour, place ingredients in the following order:
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 tsp rosemary, fresh
    • 1 TBS granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 cup bread flour
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 tsp quick active dry yeast
  2. Select the dough cycle on your bread machine.
  3. After the dough cycle is over and bread has risen (about 60-90 mins), let bread rest in the machine for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove dough and place on a lightly floured work surface.
  5. Knead into dough, adding flour as needed*:
    • 3/4 cup kalamata olives , pitted & coarsely chopped
  6. Knead dough for 10 minutes. Dough should be soft and not sticky.
  7. Shape dough in a ball and place on a lightly floured baking sheet.
  8. Cover with a warm, damp cloth and let dough rest for 1 hour. Dough should double in size.
  9. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  10. Remove towel and cut an 'X' onto the top of the dough.
  11. Place baking sheet with bread into the oven for 20 minutes, or until browned.
  12. Remove from the oven and let the bread rest on the sheet for 5 mins. Then place onto a cooling rack to cool or until ready to serve.

Notes:

Cooking Tips: * Depending on when you add your olives and how small you chop them, your olive bread can have a purplish-hue (picture above), with the olives well-blended in the bread, yielding a more intense olive flavor. If you prefer more of a white bread with chunks of olive, add the coarsely chopped olives in the last 5-10 minutes of your bread machine's kneading cycle, or knead by hand when you remove from the bread machine, as recipe states.

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4 Responses to Olive Obsession: Kalamata Olive Rosemary Bread

  1. awesome post! what a delicious recipe! can I take it tasty! 🙂

  2. Cristina at #

    What a beautiful bread laden with all those olives! I need to start making my own too. I pick up this tasty kalamata bread at my local Vons. You've put me to shame with your initiative. 🙂

  3. shevon at #

    I love olive bread! Thanks for sharing this

  4. What a great recipe! I'm with middle-child love olives too. I also make bread with olives 🙂

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