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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Black Olive Bread

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3 cups bread flour
1 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoon rapid rise yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup chopped black olives
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning soaked in a little water
A few fresh basil leaves chopped
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon olive oil

From the bread flour subtract 3 tablespoon of bread flour and add it to 1/2 cup water, add sugar and yeast mix and keep it in a warm place for the yeast to ferment.  After the yeast has fermented add oil.

To the bread flour add salt and Italian seasoning make a well in the center slowly add the fermented yeast mixture and form a dough.  After all off the ingredients have combined on a lightly floured surface start kneading the dough for at least 10 to 15 minutes until it is soft and stretchy.  Press the dough into a round distribute the olives and basil over the dough and knead it till all of it is mixed in.

Shape the dough and press it into a lightly greased loaf pan and leave it in a warm place covered to rise.  When dough has risen and doubled bake it in the middle rack for 400 degrees for the first 10 minutes after which reduce the temperature to 375 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.

Bread should double during the first rising, if it does not then it may be due to temperature, humidity or barometric pressure.  Keep the dough covered during rising.  Keep it in a warm place where there is no draft.  Kneading is important to form gluten.

Note:  Baking is tricky.  Use this recipe as a reference only and adjust it to the area you are living.  The ingredients will be different in your area.