Sundried tomato and black olive bread

Food, Recipes

Sundried tomato and black olive plaited bread

(as adapted from BBC Food)

675g white flour
1½ tsp salt
1½ tsp sugar
3 tsp easy bake yeast
450ml warm water
1½ tbsp olive oil
100g black olives, sliced
50g sundried tomatoes, sliced
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 egg, beaten
balsamic vinegar

1. Mix flour, salt, sugar and yeast in bowl.
2. Add olive oil to warm water. Create well and pour warm water mix into well. Mix with wooden spoon to soft dough.
3. Lightly flour clean worktop. Knead dough for 10 minutes and form into ball.
4. Place ball in lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Let the dough rise for 1 hour.
5. Once risen, put the dough back on the floured worktop. Sprinkle the olives, sundried tomatoes and tomato paste over the dough and knead for 5-10 minutes until ingredients worked in.
6. Form three long sausages and plait the bread.
7. Pre-heat oven to 220ºC/400F/Gas 7. Place plaited bread in tray with greaseproof paper. Cover with cling film and let it rise for 30 minutes.
8. Remove cling film. Add a few drops of balsamic vinegar to the beaten egg and brush the top of the bread with the mixture.
8. Bake bread for 15 minutes.
10. Lower oven temperature to 190ºC/375F/Gas 5. Bake for a further 30 minutes.

  • Mmmm! That bread looks delicious, I love eating bread! Well done it looks like you’ve done a great job! I actually want to try making bread aswell, one day, it looks like such a fascinating baking process! 🙂

    Heather Xx

    • I can see how it’s addictive to bake it. Quite therapeutic kneading bread!

  • I’m a total bread person and that looks amazing haha. I’ve made bread a couple of times but I can never seem to eat it all before it gets all stale and hard!

    • Yeh, to be fair, I’ve given various slices to different people to get rid of it!

  • I find bread so difficult compared with baking cakes, but your first attempt looks more than stunning, I would definitely buy that in a bakery!

    • Awww thanks! I was over the moon with how it turned out!

  • Hazel Jane

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! I’m like you and not a particular bread fan (unless it’s french bread!), but I would happily tuck in to this.

    p.s. I’ve never made bread either!

    Hazel xx

    • Yay! Someone else who doesn’t like bread! This is rare.

  • We’ll deal with the fact that you don’t like toast some other time…
    This is a thing of beauty though, I’ve never gone off piste with loaf making but this does look like a ruddy good experiment.

    • Toast will never be a fave of mine 🙁 Too dry. Need to soak it in some curry or something!

  • Danielle Taylor

    This looks so delicious! Sun dried tomatoes and olives are some of my favourite foods so this would be heaven to me. I may have to try making this myself.

    Danielle xoxo

  • Well done you! Bread is hard. I bake a lot but I avoid bread-making. I will try again this week though. It’s our obligation as GBBO watchers!!

  • It looks amazing, well done. Joying in this challenge means trying new things while stepping out our comfort zone. This is the only way we can learn new things and it’s fun. I bake bread as I like to eat it, but I never made soda bread or baguettes before and now that I have, I’m so happy, they are yum. Today I’m baking soda bread again :)) We love our bread.

    I have the linky on this week it, if you want to join in (cookstyle).

  • Angela Entwistle

    Wow, I can’t believe this is your first attempt at making bread – it looks soo good! And a plait as well! Impressive stuff !
    Angela x

  • Your bread has the BEST colour, but I can’t say I’m a fan (really dislike olives!) Still- the plait was great and I’m so pleased you conquered bread week so spectacularly! Alice xx

  • It really looks so good…. very ambitious to plait your first loaf! Well done! It seems as if lots of the bakers were dreading bread week for some reason… I was really excited, haha.

  • Your plait looks beautiful! x

  • Cate in the Kitchen

    You’ve never made bread before?! You don’t like sandwiches?!


    This looks PROPER decent x

    Cate in the Kitchen

  • It looks so pretty! What a success for a first bread attempt! 🙂

  • Nicole

    This bread looks incredible! I must admit that I’ve never made bread before either! Well, apart from banana bread but I don’t think that counts! I looooove bread though and this one looks perfect so I’ll need to give it a bash some time soon! 🙂
    Nicole xx

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