Sourdough Olive Bread | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

This is a slow 3-day bread to make, but definitely worth the time and patience. You just cannot rush a good loaf of bread. If you don't have a sourdough starter you might just have to make one from scratch or buy one from stores.

Sourdough Olive Bread

inspired by myitaliansmorgasbord and sourdough
  • 35 g Rye sourdough, 100% hydration
  • 205 ml Water, lukewarm
  • 170 g Bread flour
  • All the starter
  • 380 ml Water
  • 440 g Bread flour
  • 275 g Wholewheat flour
  • 14 g Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tsp Chilli pepper flakes
  • 250 g Olives, pitted and well-drained
  1. Combine all the starter ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and set aside for 12-16 hours.
  2. Stir together the starter and water in a mixing bow. Add in flours and mix at low speed. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap and let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Add in salt, olive oil and stir well on low speed for 2 minutes. Increase the speed and mix 6-8 minutes more until dough is smooth and pliable.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the drained olives and chilli pepper flakes into the dough.
  5. Cover the dough and let proof at room temperature for 2 and 1/2 hours, folding and stretching the dough at 45 minutes and 90 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough into two portions and shape them into two balls. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Form into rounds or batons. Dust the proofing baskets with wholewheat flour and place inn the shaped dough. Dust the tops with wholewheat flour and cover with plastic bag. Place them in the refrigerator and chill 12-18 hours.
  7. Place a roasting tray with water at the bottom of your oven and preheat to 230C/450F. Turn the dough onto the baking trays. Cut some decorative slashes on the top of bread if desired.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, remove the roasting tray with water, then lower the temperature to 190C/370F and continue to bake for a further 30 minutes until the loaves are golden brown. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Rosa's Yummy Yums 8/6/12 19:28

Magnificent! Better than at the baker's.



Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 8/6/12 19:30

What a gorgeous loaf of bread. I love olives, any kind, any color and sourdough is perhaps my favorite bread right after a good rye. Your loaf should be in the window of a French boulangerie. It would sell out in no time.

MunatyCooking 8/6/12 19:31

Beautiful and fresh, nothing is better than homemade bread.

Swathi 8/6/12 19:52

I love sourdough bread, your crumb and crust looks perfect.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 8/6/12 19:52

I love olive bread this loaf is as always just perfection!

Unknown 8/6/12 20:37

Angie, your sourdough olive bread is amazingly gorgeous, you should be so proud to serve it;-)
Someday I hope to spend more time developing my bread making skills!

Anonymous 8/6/12 21:03

What a great looking bread, Angie, and I absolutely love the proofing bowls (I'm going to get one when we are in France this fall, I can hardly wait). Olive bread is one of our favourites. It's wonderful combined with the sour dough.

Cherine 8/6/12 22:05

What a gorgeous bread! U are so talented!

Lenia 8/6/12 22:20

I totally agree with Rosa!It looks awesome!Kisses,dear!

Gloria Baker 8/6/12 23:36

Look absolutely nice ANgie: Love your breads!!

Suzi 8/6/12 23:56

This bread is making me hungy, olives are one of my favorite snacks and added into bread this is killer. Going to have to make this, your photos have really done the job, beautiful.

Pam 9/6/12 00:10

I love olive bread... this loaf looks perfect!

Shabitha Karthikeyan 9/6/12 00:24

That looks so professional. Nicely done !!!

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 9/6/12 00:45

Gorgeous loaf and I'm delighted to see another olive post! (I'm an olive freak ;-)).

vrinda 9/6/12 01:06

Looks fab..would taste gr8 with some basil pesto,lov the texture...

My Little Space 9/6/12 02:42's such a joy looking at this bread early in the morning. Just wish I can have a bit on it. It's been raining since last night here and it's getting chilled.
Hope you're enjoying your weekend, dear.

Baking Addict 9/6/12 02:42

wow looks like it's worth the wait :)

ping 9/6/12 04:17

These are just gorgeous! Look at that crust! I love breads like this. Wish I could chomp into some right now instead of having to wait for the starter, etc :)

kitchen flavours 9/6/12 06:26

Gorgeous and perfect! Beautiful loaf! Wish I could have a slice! Perfectly baked!

Elisabeth 9/6/12 06:38

Angie-this gorgeous sour dough bread with the olives has to be my top of the list of all your other breads the most favorite. Those amazing clay pots that give the pretty shape, I've seen in a bread book that advertise it; would be a worth while to invest in it...but you are the QUEEN of BREADS...hands down, for sure. No doubt in my mind!

The Squishy Monster 9/6/12 07:02

Ooh, I would love this for breakfast with a frittata!

hemalata 9/6/12 07:28

Yummy n perfect bread, nicely done.

My Italian Smörgåsbord 9/6/12 07:47

you did such a great job with these loaves! thank you for quoting me, I feel honestly honored to have inspired sucha great baker as you. I am particularly impressed by the airy crumb considering the high percentage of whole wheat. was it all finely ground? and what a Mediterranen flavor must the bread have had with the green olives and the chili. in fact in Italy olive bread is almost always done using green olives.

Ana Regalado 9/6/12 10:42

That bread looks like the one I usually seen in some cooking/baking books ! Absolutely gorgeous and delicious ! Angie , you better think about publishing your own bake book ! :D Seriously !

I'm drooling over your banneton ! The one I've seen here is sooooo expensive ! :P :D

Sarvani @ baker-in-disguise 9/6/12 10:45

I love looking at sourdough bread.. they are so rustic looking.. like this is the way bread should look.. should try it one day!!!

inês do crasto 9/6/12 13:42

What a beautiful bread :D Love green olives, so I must love this loaf!

Toni @ Boulder Locavore 9/6/12 14:19

Angie this is gorgeous and I can imagine all the flavors! Since becoming gluten free I cannot eat rye and have not had a traditional sourdough that compares with the gluten version. Just reading this and looking at your photos is like tasting all those familiar flavors!

Alida 9/6/12 15:47

I love all the types of breads you make. All so healthy and wholesome. This with added olives is really special. Just love it!

Jeannie 9/6/12 17:38

I have not tried making sour dough yet, the process is too long! But can see that you have very good results! These loaves looks delicious!

Shannon @ JustAsDelish 9/6/12 19:02

Oh I love the olives in the bread! i'm still scared to attempt sourdough bread yet.. :P

TinaRBK 9/6/12 19:14

I am thinking about a bite of this bread with all that briny flavor from the olives-yum! I rarely see olive bread, so I am glad I stopped in. This is one I wish the bakery would stock, but now I can make my own. Thanks for posting this.

Miriam 9/6/12 19:18

What a beautiful loaf!! I love it :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

RecipeNewZ 9/6/12 20:12

Wonderful bread! And how pretty with the pattern from the bread baskets :-)

Foodie Stuntman 9/6/12 20:12

You know, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Francisco is famous for their sourdough. This looks yummy and I might have to try this...

Priya Suresh 9/6/12 20:45

Marvellous,super tempting and irresistible bread.

Rosita Vargas 9/6/12 21:56

Luce absolutamente lindo me encanta el pan rústico y amasado,abrazos hug,shugs.

Dude for Food 10/6/12 01:35

Simply beautiful...awesome!

Reeni 10/6/12 02:25

3 days! You have such patience Angie! But it is well worth the wait for this beautiful bread!

Lisa Ho 10/6/12 05:12

OMG... I soo love the rustic look on your bread. Gorgeous :D

Gerry @Foodness Gracious 10/6/12 07:41

You should be really proud of this bread, it looks fantastic! I love olive bread and seriously need to make this...

Dajana 10/6/12 10:25

Oh, Angie, I so love your breads, they always look perfect and inviting. This olive bread is no exception. Hope to get to try it once.

Cheah 10/6/12 10:57

The bread looks so professionally baked! And as usual can't keep my eyes off your fabulous pictures!

Unknown 10/6/12 13:05

My goodness how beautiful is this bread! I have tried a few sourdough and am intrigued by the whole concept but I can never get the structure you have. You have inspired me to keep trying! Thanks, Angie!

Barbara 10/6/12 13:06

And you've used green olives instead of black. Love that idea, Angie. This is one gorgeous loaf!

lena 10/6/12 16:15

oh angie, i love your bread, your pictures, your presentation..everything!! Hopefully i can get my hands on to try making a sourdough loaf!

Anonymous 10/6/12 18:39

Definitely saving your recipe!

Lilly 10/6/12 20:37

I’m so jealous of your baking skills! You make it look so easy. I’ve never been a big fan of sourdough, but I can’t wait to have a slice if this!

Anonymous 10/6/12 20:45

This bread looks delicious! Definitely the best looking loaf I've seen in a while. Thanks for visiting my page today :-) Nicola

Eliotseats 10/6/12 23:12

This looks like fantastic bread. I have got to get back in the kitchen and make some bread! Maybe next weekend! :)

Beth 11/6/12 00:10

You always have the most beautiful bread recipes on your blog! This one definitely looks like it's worth the effort.

Unknown 11/6/12 01:16

Love, love, love, love olive bread! I can totally wait 3 days for it! Will have to try your recipe!

Terra 11/6/12 02:07

Sorry I haven't stopped by in a bit, life has been crazy:-) Love anything with olives, especially in bread! Three days to make is fine by me, homemade bread makes me happy. This looks fantastic! Hugs, Terra

Anne@FromMySweetHeart 11/6/12 02:59

Angie...I am always awe struck at your bread baking skills! I love olive bread and this is so gorgeous. Yes...well worth the 3 days! : )

chow and chatter 11/6/12 04:51

wow wow wow your a pro what a beautiful loaf of bread

Baker Street 11/6/12 05:12

What a gorgeous loaf of bread, Angie! Using olives in the bread just makes me want it more! :)

mjskit 11/6/12 05:16

I buy a sourdough olive bread from a local baker and pay a fortune but it's worth it. This bread looks even better! What great flavors and the texture is perfect. Gotta have that crusty crust!

Belinda @zomppa 11/6/12 07:18

Looks like something definitely worth spending time for!

Purabi Naha 11/6/12 11:53

I simply loved this recipe. Considering that olives are so good for health, I'd definitely try this tempting recipe!

Sandra Lee 11/6/12 13:33

Sourdough bread is my favorite and if we don't have any on hand, I don't eat bread. It is a long drawn out process but well worth the time and effort.

lubnakarim06 11/6/12 15:05

Lovely recipe.....bread looks perfect and yum....

Jocie's Mom 11/6/12 15:13

Simply gorgeous. The crust looks perfect and I bet those olives it if a perfectly salty punch. Totally worth the 3 days, I'm sure!

Anonymous 11/6/12 15:49

MMMMM,...Your sourdough olive bread rocks, girl! I absolutely love sourdough !!!!!
You are very creative too! Georgous pics! :)

Joanne 11/6/12 16:35

What a gorgeous loaf! The tangy sourdough with the briny olives must be such a tasty combo!

Unknown 11/6/12 17:14

I love sourdough bread, and your bread look fantastic!. I would like to try too.

Mary Bergfeld 11/6/12 18:24

What a gorgeous loaf of bread. I'll wager it is as tasty as it is delicious. I know I'd love to have a slice. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Evelyne CulturEatz 11/6/12 18:27

3 days, wow but it does seem totally worth it. I am not the best with bread so would be afraid to try and invest so much time. I love your breads and olives is such a great taste here. Beautiful!

Cathleen 11/6/12 18:33

Oh, yum! This definitely looks worth it!
But I don't know if I have the patience. I think I'd eat all the olives before I can even get home. The reason I don't have olive recipes:I eat them before I can put them in my cooking :(

Sue 11/6/12 18:42

Sourdough is already a favorite so I can only imagine what a great addition olives would be!

Anna's kitchen table 11/6/12 19:49

Oh how beautiful! And such stunning pics too!

Jennifer Kendall 11/6/12 20:49

what a beautiful loaf of bread!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 11/6/12 21:14

Dipped in a little olive oil with grated parmesan cheese. I am there! It looks fantastic.

lisa is cooking 11/6/12 21:32

I love the mix of sourdough and olives. Your loaves look fantastic!

Devaki 11/6/12 22:07

I will be back for this one Angie - ans again when are opening that bakery????!!! You know you have the gift, right?

chow :) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Juliana 11/6/12 22:35

Wow Angie, awesome the olives in it...they are absolutely perfect!
Thanks for the recipe and hope you have a wonderful week ahead :)

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 11/6/12 23:34

This bread looks like straight from the bakery my friend - lovely :D

Choc Chip Uru

Amy (Savory Moments) 11/6/12 23:44

Your bread looks so good. I absolutely LOVE olives, so this looks perfect to me!

nina 12/6/12 05:53

Wow...looks fantastic. I love the crust. I dont know why i can never get my hands on make it sound so easy. I must try some. I love your photographs...they make the bread so tempting:)

Unknown 12/6/12 23:31

The bread looks great.

Unknown 15/6/12 04:12

I have a weakness towards sour dough bread.. but never had them with olives baked in them. I got to start baking some breads again ;). I would love to have some melted cheese and pesto on this bread. Yummm yummm!! xoxo, Jo

Ivy 16/6/12 13:13

That's a very beautiful bread and surely amazing in taste.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 16/6/12 17:13

You make the most beautiful breads!! I need to buy some proofing baskets so I can follow in your footsteps. Olive bread is a favorite and I'd love to try making it.

Simply Life 25/6/12 01:46

YUM! I am loving the idea of adding olives to this bread!

Katie @ OhShineOn 25/6/12 20:14

My father would absolutely love this recipe. Sourdough is his favorite bread and coming from an Italian family we sure do love our olive oil. This looks so great to make for this weekend!

Mythreyi 26/6/12 23:56

This looks amazingly beautiful...

Yum! Yum! Yum!

Inka 6/7/12 18:03

extremely beautiful bread :)

Rachael 25/10/12 22:27

Hey! just a little tip from baker to baker, id go check out sourdoughs international for some bada** sourdough starter. i got the san francisco and OMG way good, came out great.


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