Calamata Olive/Walnut Whole Grain Bread

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by bigmike&nan, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    I bake this bread in small cast iron skillets. It's wonderful... If you don't have a big table top mixer like my KitchenAid then do the recipe up in a huge bowl, at first mixing the ingredients with a large spatula, then working the dough with your fist as in the pizza recipe. Enjoy !!

    Calamata Olive-Walnut Bread

    3 Tbs. Fresh Cake Yeast (or 2 pkgs. dry yeast)
    1 1/2 Cups Warm Tap Water
    1 Tbs. White Sugar

    3 Cups Bread Flour
    1/2 Cup E.V. Olive Oil
    3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
    2 Cups Stone Burr Whole Wheat Flour
    2 Large Eggs
    1 Cup Rolled Oats
    1/2 Cup Wheat Bran

    1 1/2 Cups Walnut Pieces
    1/2 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
    2 Cups Pitted Calamata Olives

    Temper Mixing bowl with warm water, then drain. Add warm water, white sugar and yeast, stir slightly to combine. Let stand about 5 minutes until yeast starts to foam slightly.

    Insert mixing bowl into mixer. Using dough hook add bread flour and mix at sped 2 for 1 minute, add olive oil, brown sugar, whole wheat flour and eggs and mix for 1 minute. Then add rolled oats and wheat bran and mix for two more minutes. Add additional bread flour until dough begins to pull away from side of mixing bowl and mix for two more minutes (mix a total of 6 minutes). Then add walnuts, sunflower seeds and calamata olives. Mix one minute. Remove bowl from mixer and cover with heavy towel and place in a warm spot free from drafts for two hours. Punch down dough and let rise another hour. Freely oil bread or small cast iron pans with e.v. olive oil and divide dough into lumps for each pan. OR ask for 6 lb. paper bags at the grocery checkout stand, roll the bags over themselves so they’re half their height and grease with olive oil. Work each ball of dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 minutes, insert in pan and score dough with a very sharp knife. Let rise about 1 hour. Insert loaves in preheated 400 degree oven, spray tops of loaves and inside of oven with water (use a laundry squirter), this greatly increases rise of loaves. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350 and bake additional 20 minutes. Remove loaves from pans and tap bottom (listening for a hollow sound) bake another 3-5 minutes longer. Remove and let cool on wire rack. Will keep about 1 week. Later when bread becomes dry, cube and add to baking dish with e.v. olive oil, garlic salt and cayenne pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes. Cool and use a salad croutons.
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    OH man,.. I bet this is soooo good! :bow
  3. Pioneer Lady

    Pioneer Lady Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2012
    Middle Tennessee
    Beginner bread baker... I've never been much on baking but I love, love, love to cook.

    I purchased a loaf of Olive Bread at Fresh Market in Chattanooga, TN a few years ago and I've never forgotten just how wonderful it was! Now my mouth is watering at the thought of this bread. I'm sure it's melt in your mouth kinda good!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!


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