Mediterranean Bread (Recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (45 degrees C)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, yeast, sugar, salt, black olives, olive oil, and water.
  2. Turn out dough onto a floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside, and let rise about 45 minutes, until it doubles in size. Punch down. Knead well again, for about 5 to 10 minutes. Let rise for about 30 minutes, until it doubles in size.
  3. Round the dough on kneading board. Place upside down in a bowl lined with a lint-free, well floured towel. Let rise until double in size.
  4. While the bread is rising for the third time, put a pan of water in the bottom of the oven. Preheat oven to 260 degrees C.
  5. Gently turn loaf out onto a sheet pan that has been lightly oiled and dusted with cornmeal.
  6. Bake loaf at 260 degrees C for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 190 degrees C. Bake for 30 more minutes, or until done.
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