This kalamata olive bread recipe makes a large loaf of bread in my Zojirushi bread machine. It's an easy preparation, and the olives make it an excellent bread to serve with a spaghetti dinner. The dried basil adds an additional herbal flavor to the loaf.
If you have a jar of kalamata olives, you should have plenty of brine. If you are buying your olives from an olive bar at the supermarket, be sure to get brine along with the olives.
The fragrance of the basil and kalamata olives make your kitchen smell heavenly while it's baking, and it's absolutely delicious! It's a great alternative to garlic bread to serve with any Italian-inspired meal. You don't need any butter on this bread, it is flavorful enough simply sliced. It's excellent to serve with soups such as minestrone or Tuscan bean soup.
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup brine from olives
- Warm water, enough to make 1 1/2 cups when combined with brine
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried leaf basil
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup finely chopped kalamata olives (about 2 dozen pitted olives)
- Put the olive brine in a 2-cup measure; add warm water to make 1 1/2 cups volume.
- Put all ingredients except for the olives in the bread machine according to your manufacturer's preferred order.
- Choose the basic or wheat setting on your bread machine.
- Add olives at the beep indicating time to add mix-in ingredients.
- When your loaf is done cooking, slice it and enjoy it by itself, with butter, or with olive oil.
Bread machines have a preferred order of ingredients, and bread machine recipes are written so you add the ingredients in the listed order. The default order is to add the liquid ingredients first, then the dry ingredients, and finally the yeast. For breads that have mix-in ingredients such as the chopped kalamata olives, your bread machine will signal you for the right time to add them.
Variations you could try are to use a different dried herb, such as rosemary or oregano, or to leave out the basil. You might see if you like green olives or other varieties rather than kalamata. Have fun being creative and find the combination you enjoy the most.