Olive oil bread

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Olive oil bread

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Nice snacking bread


Lovely recipe Julia.

Servings:Servings: 10 - Makes 1 loaf
Calories per serving:140
Ready in:14 hours 30 minutes
Prep. time:14 hours
Cook time:30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:27th October 2012

This recipe needs advance preparation!

This is a focaccia type recipe but the dimples are irregular there are not so many of them. I have started by making an overnight sponge, to encourage yeast acitivity, but you can omit that stage if you like amd mix in all the ingredients at the same time.

See 'Variations' below for instructions on partially or fully making this bread in a breadmaker.


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  1. Make an overnight sponge by dissolving the yeast in the water and mixing into half the flour and all the semolina - if using dried yeast, just stir it in with the flour before adding the water.
  2. The following morning, mix in the remaining flour, salt and 50g olive oil to form a sticky dough, adding more water if necessary.
  3. Knead, using your chosen method.
  4. Shape into a ball and leave to rest in a lightly oiled bowl, until almost double its size.
  5. Lightly flour the worksurface and empty the dough onto it.
  6. Gently deflate the dough and knead briefly.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6, omitting the kneading.
  8. Lightly oil a pie dish (see Chef's notes below) and place the dough in the pie dish.
  9. Drizzle the 4 tablespoons oil over the top and push the dough gently towards the sides of the dish.
  10. Cover with clingfilm and leave to prove for 45 minutes.
  11. Dimple the dough sporadically and prove for a further 30 minutes.
  12. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220° C (425° F - gas 7), [fan oven 200° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour].
  13. Sprinkle the dough with the oregano and coarse sea or rock salt.
  14. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  15. Slide onto a wire rack and brush with a little more olive oil whilst still hot.
  16. Allow to cool before cutting or tearing.

Serving suggestions

This is delicious on its own, no butter needed so very healthy! Good with cheese and salad.


You can add other ingredients to it such as herbs, Crushed garlic or dried chilli flakes. Also experiment with different oils such as avocado oil, but make sure they have a fairly high smoke point.

You can make the whole thing in a breadmaker, but you will have a brick shaped loaf. However, you can use it to do the hard work for stages 2-7. In either case, select the Italian setting or the setting for which you have a focaccia recipe in the manufacturer's recipe booklet. For the Panasonic SD-ZB2502 automatic breadmaker, use menu option 21, French dough rise.

Chef's notes

The tin I used to make this bread is made by Falcon, It is an enamel pie dish measuring 24cm and is just right for this bread.

These dishes are easy to clean - if anything sticks, just soak in hot water for a short while. They are also very inexpensive.

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