Saturday, January 17, 2009

Olive Oil Bread with Onions and Olives

Pretty wordless, this one.

First, I apologize if I have not been around with my comments on your blogs.

With the holiday busy-ness and the post-holiday busy-ness, I have been afraid to open my blog reader. I simply cannot catch up at this point and would need a week or two to fully be abreast.

Plus, I have been down with a virus the last week. I call it the Nissin virus, because this virus makes one lose one's appetite and just want to eat Nissin instant noodles.

And just to prove it's a Nissin virus, both TS and CSC have now come down with it and, yes, they too want to eat instant noodles. Maybe it's the MSG that makes one feel better. ;)

(CSC's kids -- Boss #1 and Boss #3 -- have now also gotten the flu. Boss #2 is remarkably resilient.)

Back to the bread.

I used the olive oil dough from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

We had some olives in the fridge and I wanted to use them up. I didn't want to put too much olives though, as some of our family members are not keen on olives. I sliced some red onions and sprinkled them on top. The bread baked for about 25 minutes in a preheated 425F oven, until it was crispy.

The dough rose nicely and it was very light and puffy. The smell of the olives and red onions was quite intoxicating!

Breads we've done from the book:
Artisan Deli-Style Rye Bread
Swedish Limpa Bread
European Peasant Loaf
Olive Oil Bread with Onions and Olives

Other breads we've made before:
No-Knead Bread, Two Kinds
Sesame Seed Buns
Potato Cornmeal Foccacia
Whole Wheat Challah


  1. I'd eat that bread for a meal! Get better soon

  2. No olives for me but I don't mind caramelized onions :)

  3. I just got this book for Christmas - I can't wait to use it.

    The shipments of our presents is taking waaay too long!

  4. Ok, that's it. I Need To Get This Book.

    Hope you're feeling better!

  5. Love the combo of onions and olives. Flatbread on the bbq is also really great.

  6. This is a Mediterranean feast all by itself... that's one great looking flatbread, guys!

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

  7. The browning looks perfect. Love that book!

  8. Hope you sisters are feeling better by now :) I love nissin cup noodles any time ;p The bread looks super yum

  9. hope you're feeling better!! the bread looks amazing.. I hope you're eating some of it along with the instant noodles... carbs always make me feel better :)

  10. Wow, I don't even like olives, but I wouldn't be able to pass up a taste of that.

    I really need to get into that book. Thanks for remind me that I have it.


  11. I'm not one for recipe books, but this book is inviting from all the posts I have seen about recipes from the book.The bread looks so delicious!

  12. kat:
    Thanks! We're finally getting there... to "well".

    Olives will grow on you. Especially here where they're in tiny tiny pieces. They impart a wonderful aroma, at least, even if you're not going to eat them!

    Darius T. Williams:
    Caviar & Codfish:

    Sweet Bird:
    We'll be looking forward to your creations from it.

    We're still too chicken to put dough on the grill. =)


    Yeah, there's no special time to eat Nissin Instant Noodles. But it seemed it was the only thing that we could eat! =)

    Antonio Tahhan:
    Thanks! Oh, haha... we'll try bread with instant noodles together next time we get the flu again. ;)

    Nina Timm:

  13. I saw your picture on tastespotting. Your olive onion flat bread is fantastic! You got such a beautiful color on the crust!

    Thanks for sharing, I love seeing pictures of the beautiful creations people make with the dough.

    Happy Baking! Zoë François (co-author ABin5)

  14. Oh, that looks phenomenally good. And what with all the good press this book has been receiving all over the blogosphere, I may have to overcome my bake-o-phobia and buy it...


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