Dutch Oven Olive Bread

Sliced no knead dutch oven olive bread.

Homemade Olive Bread is as close to the Mediterranean Sea that I’ve been, except for that one fabulous trip to Italy. Man how I would love to live in Greece for a few months. I would be a complete ‘bread-aholic’ and visit every artisan I could find, learning knew ways to play with dough. In the meantime I will just enjoy this olive bread recipe and play with my dutch oven.

The funny thing is that I don’t even like to eat olives plain. I know, I’m a big contradiction wrapped in an apron sometimes. But, I do LOVE olives baked in bread. Maybe its the mixture of flavors that I enjoy, because olives on pizza works too.

Ok, back to this dutch oven bread recipe already. This is one of those minimal hands on breads that anyone can make. You will need to start your recipe the day before you plan to bake it. The dough requires a 14-18 hr rest period to activate gas bubbles created by the yeast through fermentation. So, mix the dough, cover it and set aside early afternoon to be able to bake the next morning.

Next day, mix in your olives, herbs and cheese if your mediterranean recipe loving heart desires. Shape into a loaf and let rest for another hour or so. Bake in a dutch oven for a soft texture and crispy crust. Then, I highly suggest pairing with a delicious wine and a good book. Maybe a book on traveling to Greece 🙂

Dutch Oven no knead olive bread recipe.
homemade Olive bread recipe sliced.

What is a Dutch Oven?

A dutch oven is a large heavy pot with a lid that traps in steam around this wet dough allowing for a better rise and expansion of the loaf.

Tips for Making Dutch Oven Olive Bread?

  • Mix the warm water (110 F), flour, salt, and yeast together with a wooden spoon in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 14-18 hrs.
  • The dough should have doubled in size, be very sticky and full of air bubbles.
  • Transfer dough to a floured surface. You should see a web like structure to the dough.
  • Generously flour your hands before working with the dough to prevent sticking. You may still have dough stick to your fingers, just have fun!
  • Gently press dough into a rectangular shape. Place your chopped olives and herbs onto dough and began folding the dough inwards to work in the ingredients.
  • Shape into a round loaf, seam side down.
  • Cover a flat baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer dough using a bench scraper onto parchment paper.
  • Lightly cover dough with flour and cover with a tea towel.
  • Place in a draft free location to rest for another 1-2 hrs.
  • Preheat oven to 450 F and place your Dutch Oven on the middle to lowest shelf.
  • By preheating the dutch oven before baking the bread, it helps to replicate the heat of stone hearth bread ovens.
  • Use oven mitts to remove preheated dutch oven. (personal reminder from experience!)
  • Gently lower dough into dutch oven still on the parchment paper and place lid on top.
  • Option to not use parchment paper and simply coat a light layer of olive oil onto dutch oven prior to heating. Then transfer loaf with a bench scraper. I personally find the parchment paper method easier.
  • Bake the bread for about 35 minutes, then remove lid and let it bake the final 15-20 minutes uncovered. This gives your olive bread that nice crispy crust.
  • Once baked, lift the loaf from the dutch oven by the parchment paper and let cool on rack for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
No Knead Olive Bread slices.
Dutch Oven olive bread recipe.

Dutch Oven Olive Bread

Homemade Olive Bread baked in a dutch oven and full of mediterranean flavors. 

Course Bread
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword bread, dutch oven, no knead, olive, olive bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 14 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (384 g) Bread Flour
  • 1 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups (375 ml) Warm Water
  • 1-1/2 Cups Kalamata Olives pitted, and chopped into halves or thirds
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary chopped
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil for lining bowl
  • Extra flour for dusting

Instructions

  1. Mix the warm water, sifted flour, salt, and yeast together with a wooden spoon in a large bowl.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 14-18 hrs.
  3. The dough should have doubled in size, be very sticky and full of air bubbles.Transfer dough to a floured surface. You should see a web like structure to the dough.
  4. Flour your hands and gently press dough into a rectangular shape.
  5. Place your chopped olives and herbs onto dough and began folding the dough inwards to work in the ingredients.
  6. Shape into a round loaf, seam side down.
  7. Transfer dough to a parchment paper lined baking sheer. Cover with a floured light kitchen towel and place in a draft free location to rest for another 1-2 hrs.
  8. Preheat oven to 450 F ( 232 C) and place your Dutch Oven on the middle to lowest shelf.

  9. Use oven mitts to remove preheated dutch oven.
  10. Gently lower dough into dutch oven still on the parchment paper and place lid on top.
  11. Bake the bread for about 35 minutes, then remove lid and let it bake the final 15-20 minutes uncovered.
  12. Finished loaf should have a nice golden brown crust.
  13. Once baked, lift the loaf from the dutch oven by the parchment paper and let cool on rack for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

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