Rosemary Olive Bread
The flavors in this rustic Rosemary Olive Bread made for an out-of-the-ordinary, irresistible loaf! And the aroma from the oven was incredibly enticing, like what wafts from the bread basket at a top-notch Italian restaurant. And now you can make it at home!
Why You Should Make this Olive Loaf
Growing up, I would have balked at a slice of bread speckled with Kalamata olives. Granted, I was a fan of the humdrum olives of the ’70s. Dumped out of a can or jar onto a crudité platter for the holidays, olives always trumped radishes and celery.
- The black olives and rosemary in this bread bring a taste of Italy to your table.
- If you love baking yeast bread, this is a delicious recipe to try.
- Baking bread in a Dutch oven guarantees a beautiful round loaf!
But it was decades later that I had my first bite of an olive studded bread. It took me a moment to decipher the mystery flavor, but I was an instant fan. I was thrilled when I baked up this rosemary olive bread at home!
Olive Yeast Bread Recipe
The yeast bread recipe I used for guidance called for baking in a cloche. Well, first of all, I didn’t know what that was. And, obviously, I didn’t own one. Made of clay, a cloche will hold the steam that’s produced during baking creating a crusty exterior and soft interior. I had previously baked bread in my Le Creuset Dutch oven, so I figured it would make a reasonable substitution.
A Few Tips for Making a Yeast Bread
- Make sure your yeast hasn’t expired. It’s no fun to go through all the work of making a loaf of bread to find out the yeast wasn’t fresh, so check the date on the package. When in doubt, buy new yeast.
- Proof your bread in a warm area in your kitchen. PRO-Tip: 80 degrees is the ideal temperature for proofing bread. If your oven has a “proof” setting, you’re in luck. If not you can add a pan of very hot water to your oven to warm the space for your bread to rise. Check the temperature of your proofing site to make sure it’s not too hot.
- Forcing your dough to rise will result in a substandard loaf. Forcing is when you place the dough in a spot that’s warmer than 110-115 degrees.
- Do not add in too much flour, just enough so your loaf is not too sticky. The amount will vary depending on the humidity of your locale. Usually, a range is given, so don’t assume you need to add all the flour.
- If you have a powerful mixer with a dough hook, it makes easy work of the kneading process. Your dough is ready when it’s elastic and smooth.
- PRO-Tip: Bake your bread until the internal temperature is 190 degrees.
Bread Dipping Oil
I put a half cup of chopped olives along with some minced rosemary to flavor this loaf. Bill, not exactly a fan of any olive beside the classic green with a red pimento center, gave this bread high praise. I truly didn’t expect a positive reaction. I loved dipping my slices of this Rosemary Olive Bread in seasoned extra virgin olive oil.
To make a bread dipping oil, pour a robust extra virgin olive oil onto saucers or shallow dishes. Generously sprinkle with seasoning salt, I used Morton’s Nature’s Seasoning. Then sprinkle with Italian Herbs (I use Penzey’s brand). Feel free to add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes if you want some heat or any of your favorite herbs.
Add even more olives for a bigger punch of olive flavor. This recipe bakes into quite a large loaf and it could handle even sliced olive to provide more intense olive flavor. Though that might backfire as the more subtle olive taste was Bill approved! But he could surprise me again.
More Bread Recipes You’ll Love:
- Crunchy French Bread Rolls, from Dinner, Then Dessert
- Homemade Bagel Recipe
- Braided Challah Bread
- Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
- Braided Easter Bread
- Homemade Pretzel Rolls
- Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
- Spinach Onion Braid
- More of my Best Bread Recipes
This bread was originally shared in February 2015. Photos and text were updated in 2020 (pandemic baking craze!).
Rosemary Olive Bread
Rosemary and kalamata olives flavor this crusty loaf with a tender crumb. Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.
- 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast (Red Star Premium preferred)
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- 1/2 cup (or more---feel free to double!) pitted and chopped or sliced Kalamata olives
- 5 cups bread flour, plus more for kneading and dusting
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the yeast and water. Add the olives, flours, rosemary, and salt. Mix on medium speed until the dough is soft and smooth, 10 to 12 minutes. Turn out onto to a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Return the dough to the bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch the dough down and shape into a tight ball, pinching the seams closed.
- Place the loaf in a large, lightly greased cast iron Dutch oven and dust the top with flour. Cover with the lid and let rise 40 minutes.
- Using a serrated knife, slash a shallow X across the top of the loaf. Preheat an oven to 400°.
- Cover and bake (put foil around lid knob if not oven safe up to 400º) until the loaf is golden and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 1 hour.
- Cool, slice and eat with butter or seasoned olive oil.
- Makes 1 loaf.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 446mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 9g
44 Comments on “Rosemary Olive Bread”
That looks so good!
Love bread a lot and especially the unique ones
You’re right, olive and rosemary IS the magic combo. Love the way it filled your dutch oven–it’s the perfect loaf!
I love that you chopped the olives. I usually see them whole or halved. This seems more elegant. GREG
It looks AMAZING !!!
Have no doubt – I’m making this
Liz, this bread is beyond gorgeous and I love the texture. Definitely a must-make recipe.
This is such a lovely recipe that I need to try. I love olives and olive oil as well. I bet I can use my tajine or tagen to prepare this loaf.
Oh what a lovely crust, color and rise on your bread! What a success!
Love how this is made in a Dutch oven…we just got one from our wedding and I love any excuse to use it. Plus, making breads is one of my favorite things. Pinned this recipe!
That is a huge and beautiful loaf! I love a more pronounced flavor, but I bet the subtleness is nice, as well (and would be well appreciated by my husband).
What a lovely big loaf Liz, it looks perfect for dipping.
Stunning loaf – I printed the recipe even before I read the rest of the post :).
I have gotten away from my bread baking groups now that Matt is off at college and not around to eat it all…with just the two of us here, it seems like we never get through a whole loaf and efforts toward baking bread seem a bit of a waste. Might need to change that as I miss bread baking a lot. Your loaf looks fantastic. Those slices are making me study the recipe and thinking about heading to the kitchen to dig out my cloche.
What a gorgeous loaf of bread! This is one of those times where I wish scratch and sniff screens were a real thing.
This bread sounds divine! I adore olives in bread – a perfect savoury addition!
What a beautiful rise on this artisan bread!
It looks beautiful Liz! I need to make something with rosemary soon:@)
I totally believe you about the aroma! Rosemary is a powerful herb!
Home made bread.. Looks so perfect 🙂
I can smell your bread from here ! It looks so amazing ! I have to try this ! x
Beautiful loaf, Liz! So smart to use your Dutch oven!