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Olive Bread with Mint and Onions

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 1 tb Active dry yeast
  • 1/2 ts Sugar
  • 1 1/2 c Warm water
  • 1/2 c Whole wheat flour,
  • -preferably coarsely ground
  • 3 To 3 1/2 cups white flour,
  • -preferably unbleached
  • 3 tb Olive oil
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 sm Onion, chopped
  • 2 ts Dried mint
  • 12 Black Greek olives, pitted
  • -and halved
  • Corn meal


Makes 1 large round loaf

Make a sponge by dissolving the yeast and sugar in the warm water and
stirring in the whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 cups of the white flour. Beat
at least 50 strokes, then cover with plastic wrap and let stand anywhere
from 1 to 6 hours.

Stir all but a teaspoon of the olive oil into the dough, as well as the
salt, the chopped onion, dried mint, and olives. Then work in remaining
white flour until it becomes hard to stir.

Turn the dough out onto a floured working surface and let rest while you
clean out the bowl. Knead dough for about 8 to 10 minutes, adding more
flour as necessary, until the dough is resilient. Lightly oil the bowl,
return the dough to it, turning to coat, and cover with plastic wrap. Let
rise until double in volume - about 1 1/2 hours.

Turn the dough out, punch it down, and form into a large round loaf. Place
on a baking sheet sprinkled with corn meal. Cover loosely with a towel and
let rise again until double - about 45 minutes. (Or let raise and bake in
La Cloche.)

If you have baking tiles in your oven, be sure they are good and hot by
preheating the oven to 425 F during the last 30 minutes of the final
rising. Slip the loaf onto the tiles (if you're not using them, simply put
the baking sheet in the preheated oven) and bake for 15 minutes, then lower
the heat to 350 F and bake another 35 minutes. Brush with the remaining
olive oil and let cool on rack.

The Book of Bread From the collection of Jim Vorheis

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