Olive Oil Bread

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If you love fresh bread, you’ll love this olive oil bread. It’s is an easy bread recipe to make, once you’ve made the dough. I discovered Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A DayBy Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois in 2010, and it changed they way I bake forever. I immediately got rid of my bread maker and never looked back. The dough is versatile enough to be used for bread, pizza dough, pita bread or even cinnamon rolls.

olive oil bread top shot.

The dough stays fresh in the fridge for about 2 weeks, so when you’re ready to make a loaf, grab a hunk of dough, and you’re already past the hard part. Instead of baking a full sized loaf, you can make mini loaves or dinner rolls as well. There’s also no need for that pesky rise, punch down, knead, rise. (This post was originally published June 6, 2011).

olive oil bread with butter.

If I’m having a Mediterranean meal, I like to incorporate chopped kalamata olives and fresh herbs into the dough. Of course, it’s always there for a fast Pizza Dinner, too.

olive oil bread sliced.

The basic dough is best for homemade bread and baguettes. It makes a really nice crusty bread. I use the enriched dough for King Cake, or Cinnamon Rolls.

How to make this olive oil bread recipe

I like to use this Airtight Container to both rise the dough, and store it in the fridge. The recipe below will make 4, one pound loaves.

5 Minute Artisan Olive Oil "boule".

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 C. lukewarm water (105 degrees F.)
  • 1½ Tbsp active dry yeast or about 1½ packets
  • 1½ Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
  • 6½ C. unbleached all-purpose flour

​Method:

Making the dough

  • Mix the yeast, salt, sugar, and olive oil with the warm water into a big 5 or 6 qt. container or large bowl.
olive oil and yeast.
  • Mix in the flour, use a spoon or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook to incorporate all the flour.
olive oil and flour.

Cover bowl with a cloth or use a plastic container.

dough before rising.
  • Cover (not airtight), and allow to rest at room temperature on your counter for around 2 hours. It will rise and then collapse.
dough after rise.

  • Now, just stick it in the refrigerator, covered, until you’re ready to use it. The dough will be pretty soft and sticky looking as this point.
olive oil bread in bowl.

Making the bread

  • When you’re ready to bake, grab a hunk of dough, about 1 pound. Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface so that it’s not sticky and form into a round ball. I am making a basic “boule” or ball shaped loaf.
forming dough into a bowl.
  • Let it rest for about 45 min. on a pizza peel or baking sheet covered with cornmeal. Cover with a tea towel.
cornmeal baking sheet.
  • The cornmeal helps the loaf slide easily off the peel and on to the stone in the oven. You can also use a Cast Iron Skillet if you don’t have a pizza stone!
  • Don’t worry if it hasn’t risen as much as you think it should, it rises more in the oven.
  • Heat pizza stone or cast iron skillet for 20 minutes at 450*. Place an empty broiler tray on the lower shelf of the oven.
  • Lightly dust top of loaf with flour and with a sharp knife slash a pattern into the top if desired.
slashing the bread.
  • Transfer loaf to pizza stone or cast iron skillet, and add a cup of hot water to a pan on the rack below.
slice of bread.
  • This will make a lot of steam and give the loaf a crusty exterior. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. It should sound hollow when you thump your finger on the bottom. For best results, allow the bread to cool completely before slicing.
bread in cast iron skillet.

This warm crusty bread is delicious with butter, Truffle Butter, or olive oil.

truffle butter with bread.

Leftover bread? Try this Tuscan classic, Pappa al Pomodoro.

pappa tuscan soup.

Notes:

  • For rosemary bread, incorporate fresh rosemary into the dough after the first rise.
  • If a one pound loaf is too much, make small loaves.
  • For a more structured loaf, bake the bread in a loaf pan.
  • For dinner rolls, form dough into small balls and adjust baking time to 20-25 minutes.
  • Because this fresh bread has no preservatives, it won’t last as long as commercial bread. 
  • Wrap bread well and store at room temperature for up to three days.
Artisan bread using olive oil bread dough. @whatagirleats.com

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Artisan bread

Olive Oil Bread

Cynthia
This olive oil bread is easy to make. You'll feel like an artisan baker. From the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day by Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg.
5 from 72 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
rising 45 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4 loaves
Calories 1547 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Mix the yeast, salt, sugar, and olive oil with the warm water into a big 5 or 6 qt. container.
  • Mix in the flour, use a spoon or a food processor to incorporate all the flour.
  • Cover (not airtight), and allow to rest on your counter for around 2 hours. It will rise and then collapse. Now, just stick it in the refrigerator,covered, until you're ready to use it. The dough will be pretty soft and sticky looking as this point.
  • When you're ready to bake, grab a hunk of dough, (you determine how much, depending on what you're planning on making) add enough flour to the dough so that it's not sticky and form into a ball. I am making a basic "boule" or ball shaped loaf.
  • Let it rest for about 45 min. on a pizza peel or baking sheet covered with cornmeal. The cornmeal helps the loaf slide easily off the peel and on to the stone in the oven.
  • Don’t worry if it hasn’t risen as much as you think it should, it rises more in the oven.
  • Heat pizza stone for 20 minute at 450*. Place an empty broiler tray on another shelf.
  • Dust top of loaf with flour and slash a pattern into the top.
  • Transfer loaf to pizza stone and add a cup of hot water to a pan on the rack below.
  • This will make a lot of steam and give the loaf a crusty exterior. Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned and firm to the touch. It should sound hollow when you thump your finger on the bottom.

Nutrition

Serving: 1loafCalories: 1547kcalCarbohydrates: 297gProtein: 40gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 2625mgPotassium: 426mgFiber: 11gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 18mg
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57 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for your valuable knowledge information because of useful updated for me, thank you for share this wonderful article.

  2. 5 stars
    I have been using this recipe for years….very good. Wish to incorporate the olive oil though. My biggest concern is that my oven is very hot and 450 degrees for 30 minutes is too much!! At what degree should one cook a pizza with this recipe??

    Thanks!
    eve

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve always felt that baking bread was too intimidating, but this recipe seems fairly easy. My husband would love some freshly baked crusty bread.

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    Tea Towel

5 from 72 votes (61 ratings without comment)

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