Homemade Rosemary Black Olive Bread

Making homemade bread is the one area that makes me nervous.  REALLY!  The dough can actually end up being a door stop….which is useful….FOR THE DOOR…not my tummy.

This recipe is really wonderful, and really easy to make.  I love the hard crust, it is perfect to enjoy with warm cozy soup.  Here is the recipe from Cake Duchess

To start the process, mix the ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.  Once the ingredients are  mixed, cover bowl with plastic wrap.  Let dough sit for 12-18 hours at room temperature.

For the recipe, I decided to use left-over fresh rosemary for the bread.  I took about 2-3 large stalks of the rosemary, removed the leaves from the stalk, and chopped finely.  Add to the flour, and then mix according to directions.

Here is the dough after it has been sitting for 12-18 hours.

Add about 3/4 of a 15 oz can of black olives chopped.  Carefully mix into dough.

Now place dough on a generously floured surface, and form into a ball.

Once  you have the dough formed into a ball.  You will have to let it sit for another 1-2 hours.  Take a dish towel, and place flour, or cornmeal generously on towel, and wrap dough, let sit in warm place.

I believe Juno got tired of waiting for the bread, she said to wake her when it is finished!

Now it is finally time to cook this beautiful dough.  Really when you think about it, it is easy to make, BUT it is the waiting that is tough.

NOW this is were I messed up, but thank goodness the bread still turned out…WHEW!!!   DON’T leave your oven on broil, make sure you have it on bake, ugh!!  I caught it just in time, and look how pretty it is:)

I decided to make a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner, I didn’t want to add too much.  The flavors in the bread are that beautiful!

Just remember I found the recipe at Cake Duchess, she has a really lovely blog you should check out too!

So this is fun, I got a new kitchen gadget from my BFF:)  It is a French butter dish…I still am trying to figure it out;)   It is soooo pretty, and perfect gift for me since I LOVE BUTTER!

The butter dish is two pieces.

I love my new kitchen toy, I love my BFF!!

Paco just wanted to say HI!!  He is 17, and just got news that he has a clean bill of health, YAY!!!

What is your favorite type of bread?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • Love it! Looks beautiful, golden brown and perfect!
    • Thank you my friend! I think I may have to make more bread today for my friend:) YUM!!!
  • This looks so delicious. I love black olives!
    • Thank you so much! I love black olives in everything:) It is so funny how many people I meet that hate olives, and I never understand that, LOL! Enjoy:)
  • Wow, that's beautiful. I haven't made bread in a while, but I think I need to make this one.
    • Thank you so much! It is the easiest bread recipe too, so fun to make! Have fun, and Enjoy!
  • My favorite bread (and it's been far too long since I made it--weekend project, perhaps?) is Nick Malgieri's Chocolate Orange Bread from How to Bake. It's not overly sweet--just hints of the chocolate and citrus, really--but so good with a little schmear and honey. And the leftovers make a fabulous chocolate bread pudding!
    • Wow, the Chocolate Orange Bread sounds so wonderful! Do you have a recipe on your blog, I would love to try it:) Thank you for stopping by:) Enjoy!
  • Veronica
    That bread looks great. I will have to make it soon. Can I make it with a bread maker?
    • Thank you so much! I am not sure if you could put it in the bread maker, but go for it and try maybe. The recipe does not require the bread to be kneaded, and with the bread maker it kneads it for a bit.... Good Luck! Enjoy:)
  • oh boy! That grilled cheese looks amazing! That bread would go perfect with some melted fontina or gruyere!
    • Thank you so much!! Now you are talking, fontina and gruyere sound amazing, next time definitely:)
  • That bread looks amazing! And your French butter dish is super cute! :)
    • Thank you so much! I love the butter dish, but I love new fun toys:)
  • Nothing beats homemade bread and that loaf of yours looks incredible! I love that you used rosemary...mmmmm!
    • Thank you so much! Rosemary is my most favorite herb, so fragrant and beautiful!
  • SC
    Hi there Terra, what gorgeous bread, can't wait to make it. I'm soooo impatient when making bread, I want it finished before its started ha ha but it really is worth the wait. I love flavoured bread, at the minute I have a thing about sundried tomatoes so my bread is mixed seed, black treacle with sundried tomatoes. :) Love your recipe & photographs. Thank you for sharing. Abundant Blessings
    • Thank you! Sundried tomato in the homemade bread would be amazing!!! I have never had black treacle, will have to try it very soon. Enjoy:)
  • Lora @cakeduchess
    Hi Terra! So happy you tried the recipe. I love how you added rosemary and olives...yum! Your. Grilled cheese looks so good. Adorable kitties. :)
    • Thank you for the kind comments on my Homemade Bread, it really was a lovely recipe! My furry babies say, "Thank You!!!"
  • Amy Bakes Everything
    Gorgeous! I agree - Cake Duchess is pretty much amazing, and so is that bread! I'm coming to your house and stealing that butter dish!
    • Thank you so much! I am making more bread this week, sooooo excited to enjoy:) Steal my butter dish? I would be sad, LOL!