No-knead skillet olive bread is a very easy to make, no-knead, crusty, and delicious bread packed with marinated olives and garlic.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
1 hr 50 mins
total:
2 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 10 servings
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Directions

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  • Combine water and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup flour and 1/2 tablespoon salt. Stir using a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in olives, reserved herbs and garlic, and garlic powder. Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time, stirring until thoroughly combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour.

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  • Add 1 tablespoon oil to an 8-inch cast iron skillet and spread to coat bottom and sides. Flour your hands. Remove plastic wrap from bowl and transfer dough to the prepared skillet and shape into a disc. Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Drizzle remaining oil on top of the loaf and sprinkle with salt and parsley. Score the top of the loaf with a knife.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the top is nicely browned, 30 to 35 minutes.

  • Remove bread from oven and turn on to a wire rack to cool before serving, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

The olives sit in a liquid with garlic and herbs; when draining, please try to reserve as much of the herbs and garlic as possible. Alternatively, you can add in your own garlic and freeze-dried basil.

If you do not have an iron skillet, you can use a stoneware baking dish.

It is important to remove bread from the pan as soon as it comes out of the oven, because bread left in the pan will get moist and soggy.

Nutrition Facts

239 calories; protein 5.9g; carbohydrates 41.8g; fat 4.8g; sodium 774mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2020
This bread is perfect! I always bought olive bread at my old grocery store, but my new one doesn't sell it. So, I decided to try to make my own, and this recipe tastes exactly the same. Very easy recipe to follow - this was my first time baking bread and it came out perfectly. I only made minor tweaks as needed: didn't have active dry yeast, so used instant, added just a little bit more flour than recommended, and added a little extra herbs and garlic as my olives didn't have much. It is delicious, I'm so happy. Thank you for the recipe! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/30/2018
I followed the recipe exactly as written and I would recommend getting pitted olives taking the pits out was very time consuming. Try the olives at the olive bar if you cannot find the brand mentioned in the recipe. The bread had an interesting flavor to it. Very salty! I will not be making this recipe again as this was just not in my families flavor profile. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
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  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2020
This recipe is excellent. The bread is fun to make and tastes great. I can't understand why more people haven't made and reviewed it. I've never baked bread before, but as others mentioned, I can't get olive bread at the store anymore. My husband loved it. The bread was very moist and we dipped it in olive oil at the table. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2020
Loved this. Excellent flavor and it was perfect for dipping in olive oil and herbs. Excellent accompaniment to a nice steak dinner. Will definitely be a regular party of my menu. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
07/30/2018
I followed the recipe exactly as written and I would recommend getting pitted olives taking the pits out was very time consuming. Try the olives at the olive bar if you cannot find the brand mentioned in the recipe. The bread had an interesting flavor to it. Very salty! I will not be making this recipe again as this was just not in my families flavor profile. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2021
Absolutely wonderful! Very good texture, and great served warm. Easy recipe to make! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2020
This bread is perfect! I always bought olive bread at my old grocery store, but my new one doesn't sell it. So, I decided to try to make my own, and this recipe tastes exactly the same. Very easy recipe to follow - this was my first time baking bread and it came out perfectly. I only made minor tweaks as needed: didn't have active dry yeast, so used instant, added just a little bit more flour than recommended, and added a little extra herbs and garlic as my olives didn't have much. It is delicious, I'm so happy. Thank you for the recipe! Read More