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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

For 2 loaves, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
27 min.2 hours 50 min.40 min.3 hours 57 min.
Preservation: Several days, preferably in a cloth bag.
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Step by step recipe

1 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #1Put 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). 5 min.
2 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #2Knead on slow speed for 10 minutes.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.
10 min.
3 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #3Gather 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. 1 hour 30 min.
4 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #4After 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.
20 min.
5 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #5After 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). 3 min.
6 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #6Place this circle of dough in the tin. 1 min.
7 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #7Spread 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.
5 min.
8 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #8Lay the second circle of dough on top and press down lightly to seal around the edge. 3 min.
9 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #9Push 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.
1 hour
10 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #10Preheat 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.
40 min.
11 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #11Turn out while hot.
12 Olive and pesto bread : Photo of step #12However 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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
8658191 gr543 gr636 gr
433 %73 %51 %96 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
57913 gr36 gr42 gr
29 %5 %3 %6 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 2 loaves : 10.61 €
Per loaves : 5.31 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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