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Olive & Basil bread


Preparing some herbed bread has been on my mind since a long time. Just did not get down to it. Thought its high time and I should bake some bread today. This recipe is a modified version from a website called my jhola. I just skipped the sun-dried tomatoes from the original recipe and used double the ingredients so that it can serve 3-4 persons.

Olive & Basil bread

The aroma of baking bread gives me such a big high. It is like aroma therapy for me. It fills your home with a nice warm feeling.

This bread has flavours infused by garlic & basil and occasionally you get to bite into bits of black olives.

Ingredients: (Serves 3-4) Preparation Time: 1 hr includes baking time
Dried yeast – 2 tsp
Sugar – 2 tsp
Olive Oil – 3 tsp
Salt – 1/4 of a tsp
All purpose flour – 400 gms
Black Olives – around 8, pitted & sliced/chopped
Basil – 5-6 leaves, chopped roughly
Garlic cloves – 2-3 medium-sized, finely chopped

Chopped olives & garlic with basil by the side
Method:
Take about 3/4 cup of luke warm water in a bowl and dissolve the sugar in it. Now add the dry yeast to it. Leave it aside for about 10 -12 minutes, till the yeast gets activated and the mixture gets frothy and some bubbles form on top. Sugar is used as food for the yeast.

Sieve & add the flour to a mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture to it. Add salt & olive oil. You can add a tbsp of butter which is at room temperature if you want to. Knead it to a sooth elastic dough.Cover with a warm towel. Keep the dough aside for about 15 minutes. The dough puffs up as the yeast acts upon the flour. Now add the chopped/sliced olives, basil and garlic.

Mix well. Again cover the dough using the warm towel and keep aside for another 15 minutes so that the dough can rise again.

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degree Celsius. Shape the dough as desired . Make some cuts on the top if you want to.

Make cuts on the top

Grease and sprinkle the bottom of a baking tray with some all-purpose flour. Shaped the dough as desired. I shaped it as a big fat bun. :). Place the dough on a baking tray.

Place the tray in the centre of the oven once pre-heated and bake for 30 minutes or till the top gets a lovely golden brown colour.

Garnishing:
Take the bread out of the oven. Brush some olive oil on the top. Let the bread cool down.

Baked bread

Serving Suggestions:
Serve warm with some Pasta of your choice, or eat as is.

Olive & Basil bread

You many want to try some of my Pasta recipes with this bread.

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