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Olive and rosemary bread

Olive and rosemary bread

SERVES 8-10

2 tsp dried active yeast

a pinch of caster sugar

300ml warm water

500g strong flour

100ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for sprinkling

30g stoned kalamata olives

tips from a few fresh rosemary sprigs

fleur de sel or sea salt

  • In a bowl, mix the yeast and sugar with the warm water. Cover and put in a warm place for about 15 minutes, or until you see bubbles on the surface.
  •  Place the flour, olive oil and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and add the yeast liquid. Using the dough hook, knead the dough for 5 minutes at a medium speed. Alternatively, knead the dough by hand on a floured surface for about 20 minutes, until it is shiny and elastic.
  •  Place the dough in a clean bowl rubbed with a little oil, cover with clingfilm, then a dry tea towel and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour until it has risen to double its original size.
  •  Knead gently again, then shape into a flat piece about 2cm deep and place it on a baking tray lined with baking parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  •  Gently push the olives and rosemary tips into the dough then sprinkle with a little fleur de sel or sea salt and extra virgin olive oil, cover with a slightly dampened tea towel, and leave for 30-60 minutes so it can rise some more. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  •  Put the bread into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes. Remove when it is golden in colour and hollow when you tap it underneath.

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