Black Olive and Mediterranean Spice Bread


I developed this recipe over a long period of time. It is the favorite bread recipe in our house.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
1 large loaf


  • 1 ¼ cups warm water

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 3 cups bread flour

  • 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided

  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal


  1. Combine water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes. Add flour, black olives, olive oil, garlic, salt, and Italian seasoning to the bowl; mix well to form a dough.

  2. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Let stand until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  3. Punch dough down gently and knead, 5 to 10 minutes more. Let rise until doubled in volume again, about 45 minutes.

  4. Line a bowl with a well-floured cloth. Form dough into a ball and place upside down in the bowl. Let rise until doubled in volume again, about 45 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Fill a baking dish with water and place it in the bottom of your oven.

  6. Grease a baking sheet with 1 teaspoon butter and sprinkle cornmeal on top. Turn dough out gently onto the baking sheet.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until puffy, about 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking until bread is golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Brush remaining 2 teaspoons butter over the surface. Let cool slightly before slicing, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Slice hot bread with very little pressure; an electric carving knife works best.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

232 Calories
8g Fat
35g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 232
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 392mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 71mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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