Olive and pesto bread


Olive and pesto bread
This bread with olives and pesto has a very Italian flavour: a ciabatta dough, herbes de Provence and green olives.

The loaf is baked in a tin, with a thin layer of pesto spread in the middle between two pieces of dough, and green olives (with stones removed) pressed into the top.
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Last modified on: October 24th 2017

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For 2 loaves, you will need:

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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 5 min.
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #1
Put into a food-mixer bowl: 500 g plain white flour (French Type 65), 350 ml water, 50 ml olive oil, 9 g salt, 7 g yeast, 2 tablespoons herbes de Provence and 150 g Soured dough (if possible).

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #2
Knead on slow speed for 10 minutes.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.

Stage 3 - 1 hour 30 min.
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #3
Gather the dough into a bowl and transfer to a clean bowl. Cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest for 1 to 2 hours.

Stage 4 - 20 min.
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #4
After resting, weigh out the dough into 4 identical pieces (if you are making 2 loaves, that is).

Roll the dough into balls, cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest for 20 minutes.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #5
After resting, take the first ball of dough and roll out into a circle the diameter of your tin or mould (I am using a 10 inch / 26 cm spring-form tin here).

Stage 6 - 1 min.
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #6
Place this circle of dough in the tin.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #7
Spread half of the 200 g Pesto over the dough with a spoon.

Do not take the pesto too close to the edge, but leave about 1/2 an inch (1 cm) bare (as in the photo).

Moisten this edge with a brush dipped in water to help stick the layers of dough together.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #8
Lay the second circle of dough on top and press down lightly to seal around the edge.

Stage 9 - 1 hour
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #9
Push the stoned green olives into dough, all over the top.

Repeat steps 5 to 9 for the second loaf.

Cover them with a plastic sheet and leave to rest for 1 hour.

Stage 10 - 40 min.
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #10
Preheat the oven to 460°F (240°C).

Brush the tops of the loaves with a little olive oil, then bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Stage 11
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #11
Turn out while hot.

Stage 12
Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #12
However you serve the bread (cut into portions, like a cake, or in small squares...), arrange the pieces to show off the pesto in the centre.
Remarks
You can use black olives instead of green, if you prefer (do remove the stones from these, too).

Another possible version: use tapenade instead of the pesto.
Keeping
Several days, preferably in a cloth bag.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,422 Kcal or 14,327 Kj87 gr471 gr222 gr
171 %33 %44 %34 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
254 Kcal or 1,063 Kj6 gr35 gr16 gr
13 %2 %3 %2 %
Per loaves
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,711 Kcal or 7,164 Kj43 gr235 gr111 gr
86 %17 %22 %17 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 2 loaves : 10.48 €
  • Per loaves : 5.24 €

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Note: Be careful, these prices are only an estimate, you can consult the table of prices by ingredients used for this estimate.
Source
Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
Plain white flour (French Type 65)Plain white flour (French Type 65): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Jura bread, Loaf for "les filles'", French baguettes, Bacon rolls, Ocean bread, ... All
WaterWater: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Sushi, Stewed plums, Seeded loaf, Steak burger topped with egg, Salmon chard rolls, ... All
PestoPesto: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Genoese croque-monsieur, Thin cherry tomato and pesto tart, Pasta with pesto and preserved tomatoes, Seb's Italian-style aperitif slices, Italian toast, ... All
Green olivesGreen olives: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Tomato foccacia, Loaf for "les filles'", Two-olive ciabatta, Cretan Bread, ... All
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