Olive & Herb Italian Bread recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 2 hours

This chewy bread is flavoured with olives, olive oil, basil, tomato puree and oregano. It's delicious served with oils and vinegars for dipping.


  • 560g bread flour
  • 310ml water
  • 2 tbsp. dried milk powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. each dried basil and oregano
  • 3 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 7g dried active baking yeast
  • 4 tbsp. thinly sliced olives, patted dry


  1. Place the bread flour, water, milk powder, salt, oil, sugar, basil, oregano, tomato puree and yeast into the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

  2. Select Basic Bread and press start. At the signal, add the olives, or around 5 minutes before the end of the last kneading cycle.

For a different take on this loaf, use fresh rosemary and a good tsp. of sea salt in place of the herbs and tomato puree in this loaf. Recipe makes 1 loaf.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
  • Published:

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