Olive Bread Recipe

This olive bread recipe has a lowish GI and is delicious and nourishing; if you are using the sourdough-method then there need be no concerns about gluten.

It may be that you are one of the lucky few who can bake the traditional-way. That means you have time on your hands, and I will not try to dissuade you; enjoy it.

I spent many years kneading dough, and it is a wonderful therapeutic exercise for both the fingers and the mind; with a delicious-loaf at the end of your labour of love to reward you.

Bread machine loaf

This page was last updated by Bernard Preston on 16th September, 2021.

But there is another way for the busy person. The bread machine, apparently is, and this I really do not understand, the most underused appliance in the kitchen. I bake in ours five or six days a week.

You see, the loaf you buy in the supermarket today, is not the same bread that humans have made for millennia; the flour is refined and bleached, and has a high glycemic index. It is low in nutrition, and frankly it is with few exceptions best described as junk-food.

Jamie Oliver has an interesting thought; if it's junk then it cannot be food.

Chemicals are added to the dough to speed up the process, and yet more to preserve it and give it shelf-life; in short, why not step up to baking your own bread? It takes after all less than ten minutes to prepare this loaf.

olive bread recipe

It takes only six-minutes to prepare our conventional low GI bread. I am not exaggerating, I do it daily. Well, plus five hours whilst nature does its thing.

Gorgeous fresh bread daily at half the price? What are you waiting for?

I recommend the Panasonic, only because ours is twenty-years old and going strong. I am sure there are many other good brands on the market. But if so many people have a bread machine taking up space in the linen cupboard, perhaps your neighbour has one for you for a snip.

Olive bread recipe ingredients

I am not going to give you exact quantities because every bread machine has its own bowl so the amounts will vary slightly.

  1. 1 heaped teaspoons of dried-yeast.
  2. About three cups of freshly ground 100 percent wholewheat flour; as fine as you can get it.
  3. 1 cup of pitted olives
  4. 2 TBSP blue cheese, or feta
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 1 tsp honey
  7. 2 TBSP olive oil
  8. Water according to your Panasonic recipe book. Decrease slightly as the olives and cheese are moist.
  9. Nuts and seeds if you choose; see our vegan seed bread recipe for ideas.
Depipping olives

First the dried yeast goes in the baking-tin, followed by the flour. Add the salt, olives and cheese; and finally the oil and water.

The only slightly time-consuming part is pitting the olives. Do it carefully. I count them, squash each one with the glass, and pop them in a jar.

Finally count the pits. It could save a visit to the dentist.

Pop the baking-tin in the bread machine, and choose the settings according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Go for the five-hour setting; the longer the dough takes to rise the better. The fanatics put it in the fridge overnight before baking.

We are fortunate to have free power during the day, so we call it the solar olive bread recipe.

Ask any group of solar enthusiasts and you will find them looking for ways to use excess power produced during the day when the sun is freely delivering its gifts to the planet.

The challenge in this malignant world is to aim for ten coloured fruits and vegetables every day. Here you can see three kinds of lettuce, baby spinach leaves, and half an avocado; then there are red peppers, radishes and chives. Oh, and you'll see a few leaves of mint too.

That is ten colours in one meal.

With a lunch like this you can enjoy butter instead of the dreaded margarine on your olive bread recipe.

There is not much protein in there. Normally I would have some of our famed authentic hummus recipe, but we have run out of chickpeas. Yesterday it was a slice of chicken, and sometimes cheddar cheese, or a boiled egg.

Olive bread and salad


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Notice that this meal is

  • low in carbohydrate
  • should be higher in protein
  • high in the healthy fats in olives and avocado
  • has ten different coloured-foods.

Should your bread give you abdominal pain and cramps and even diarrhoea then you need to know the meaning of gluten; there is a solution. It is called sourdough; that is the way we prepare our loaf every day now.

Oleic acid

Why the fascination with the oil and fruit of the olive tree on this website, you may well ask? Well, it takes little energy and time to bake this olive bread recipe.

There are two reasons:

  1. Nerves are coated in a vital fatty myelin sheath. Most of that fat is a monounsaturated oil, found richly in olives and avocado. What is oleic acid you may be asking. . 
  2. Inflammation is determined in part by a high omega 6 to 3 ratio. Keep the former down by changing from polyunsaturated oils to monounsaturated fat like the olive. Read more at olive oil benefits.

Low GI

Your olive bread recipe is already low GI because of the added fat from the olive, and the wheat flour is not refined; you can reduce it even further by adding a tablespoon or two of homemade hummus; more protein reduces the glycemic index.

damn lies and wholemeal bread

There is a whopping deceit, perfectly lawful, that allows millers to remove 40 percent of the goodies from flour; the bran, germ and vitamins and still call it wholemeal. Much of the oil and lignans too have been refined out. The buyer had better beware.

Damn lies and wholemeal bread is actually typical of the whole food manufacturing industry; the bottom line is their only concern. I am cynical and convinced that if we want to live a life without medication[3] then we either have to find a true local organic farmer, or grow and prepare our own.

What happens to that vitamin E, all the minerals and wheatgerm oil that they remove from their whole grain before selling it to you?[1] You have to buy them back as supplements at great expensive. The rest, the best part, goes into pig food.

The lignans[2] alone, found in the bran, make this a worthwhile exercise; phytochemicals that have a structure similar to oestrogen making them able to help prevent breast tumours.

If you are going to go to all the trouble, actually it is little sweat, to make an olive bread recipe, then I strongly recommend you go the next step and purchase a wheat grinder; it is the only way to get 100 percent wholemeal flour.

"Let thy food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food."

Hippocrates (460 - 370 BC)


Is there much point going to the extra effort of making this olive bread recipe if you are adding them and feta cheese to your salad anyway?

Bernard Preston

Bernard Preston is a semi-retired DC with many other fascinations than fixing slipped discs and treating patients with migraine headaches from their jaw joints; baking this olive bread recipe is just one of them.

He is still active in the profession, giving this coming week a lecture on hip dysplasia to his colleagues.

When not soaring the skies in his glider, or baking this olive bread recipe, he is tinkering with his solar generator or digging in Helen's organic garden. It is his responsibility to provide the compost and turn the sod; and erect the vegetable garden trellis for the pole beans.

As a Christian layminister in the local church he believes strongly that God has given us all these things richly to enjoy. Since our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit we need to treat them kindly. Where is he going to live if we drop off the edge of the planet ten or more years before our appointed time?

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you ever need.

- Marcus Cicero, Roman politician, lawyer and orator

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Useful links

  1. A brief history of the enrichment of flour and bread
  2. Lignans. Web: https://tinyurl.com/2p8hhbpz
  3. Life without medication. Web: https://tinyurl.com/3r22399e
  4. Low GI bread

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