Rustic Olive Sourdough Bread

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Yield: two 8" round loaves.

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This loaf's slight tang of sourdough, plus the brininess of olives, are perfectly complementary. The strength of these flavors works well with assertive sandwich fillings such as tuna, smoked fish, or meat. Which is not to say the bread isn't equally good slathered with salted butter, as a side to a Mediterranean-inspired meal.

Rustic Olive Sourdough Bread

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Yield: two 8" round loaves.
Published: 06/29/2013


Tips from our bakers

  • For robust olive flavor, add 1 cup sliced olives, with 4 to 6 tablespoons additional flour, to the dough.
  • For a crunchier crust, bake the loaves on a preheated pizza stone.


1) Combine all of the ingredients, mixing and kneading to form a smooth dough.

2) Cover the dough, and allow it to rise until it's doubled in size, about 90 minutes.

3) Gently divide the dough in half; it'll deflate somewhat.

4) Shape each piece of dough into two round loaves. Place them on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.

5) Cover the loaves and let them rise until very puffy, about 1 hour. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F.

6) Spray the loaves with lukewarm water, and make two fairly deep diagonal slashes in each.

7) Bake the loaves for 25 to 30 minutes, until they're a very deep golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.

Yield: two 8" round loaves.


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  • star rating 04/18/2015
  • Terese from Boise
  • Hooray! A sourdough bread that can use fed or unfed starter. This is a yummy loaf - even without the olive flavor enhancer. I will have to try what I have seen others suggest - adding herbs and olives. I always have good results with this dough. And can I put in a plug for your KAF sourdough? I have had mine going for 3 years now and it doesn't always get fed on schedule - tough stuff! I'm really glad that I found this website (and KAF products) for all the fun bread recipes. Thanks!
  • star rating 03/26/2015
  • Ted from Oregon from KAF Community
  • I didn't have the Olive (or olives) flavor so after looking up what was in I I decided to put 1/2 cup wheat flour and 1/2 cup grain mix in the bread. I used olive oil to oil the bowl & dough while rising. Oil got in/on the bread when I rolled it into baguettes. Made 4 baguettes with the bread, I should stop, these "rustic" recipes make goofy looking baguettes. Wound up with a dense (not heavy) crusty loaf. Grain mix wasn't too evident. I may put olives in the next time. Ate a whole loaf myself with some chicken & rice soup. Would have been even better with minestrone soup.
  • star rating 02/16/2015
  • Kate from Ottawa, Canada and Burlington, VT
  • Great recipe. I riffed on it somewhat, as I never use commercial yeast in my sourdough. (It kills all the good bacteria!) Still came out great. I made four small loaves, two boules and two braids. (The recipe has a small error in that it tells you to divide the two halves in two, but then says at the end that the yield is two loaves.) I also used KA whole wheat flour, as I had no olive flour. Two plain boules, one braid with a bit of extra olive oil and chopped fresh rosemary and the other with rosemary and chopped Kalamata olives. Definately saving this one to my Pocket App!
  • star rating 01/26/2015
  • cjb4560 from KAF Community
  • This is my favorite sourdough bread recipe!!!! I did make my own Olive Artisan Bread Flavor using a recipe I found on KAF. I followed the directions and found the dough while using a mixer with a bread hook to turn out a perfect dough, I do hand knead a few times to make sure the dough has that perfect feel to it.. I use two Brotforms to shape my round loaves. The dough turn out of the Brotforms perfectly every time. They also bake just as the directions state. The olives, fresh rosemary, olive oil, flour and homegrown dried oregano give this bread a taste that one can only achieve in a homemade bread. The flavors are really good on their own but when blended together the result is a wonderful tasting hearty bread!!!
  • star rating 01/25/2015
  • BeckiLR from KAF Community
  • Like some of the other reviewers, I used kalamata olives & dried rosemary. It's delicious!
  • star rating 01/07/2015
  • cornqueen from KAF Community
  • I baked this for the first time yesterday and it was better than I expected. I can think of many ways to serve this bread other than with homemade Italian vegetable soup, like Panini sandwiches and just dipping in olive oil. Fortunately I had the Olive Enhancer but the next time I make it I want to try it with the wheat flour, rosemary and Greek olives. The loaves were so beautiful that I just had to take a picture of them.
  • star rating 07/05/2014
  • Judy from Reno, Nevada
  • I thought all the other bread recipes at your site were excellent, this bread was over the top. It tastes great (I need to watch my salt intake so I didn't add the olives and used one cup rye flour,) it slices great, and stays fresher longer. Also I can cut it quite thin.
  • star rating 05/17/2014
  • mpstonge from KAF Community
  • So good and easy to make! I did not have the olive artisan bread enhancer and used a mix of whole wheat flour (almost a cup) and dried rosemary to make up for it. I also added sliced Greek kalamata olives. The breads came out beautifully following the instructions exactly. Baked for 30 min on my pizza stone. My house smelled great!
  • star rating 04/28/2014
  • Boilerbaker1 from KAF Community
  • After reading the rave reviews of this product, I purchased 2 bags of this, and alas, I was so disappointed in the artificial taste of the bread. There is something off in the mix that spoils the taste of the bread. The bread looks great and was easy to work with--used bread machine dough cycle. We love Greek ripe kalamata olives, and I like to make sourdough loaves, but I can't use this product. Obviously I regret purchasing the 2nd bag of the artisan olive flavor because of the "off" taste of the product.
    I am sorry this didn?t work out for you. Please call us Customer Service (1 800 827 6836) so that we can make this right for you. ~Jaydl@KAF
  • star rating 02/04/2014
  • ichbinfertig45 from KAF Community
  • I have purchased the KA sourdough starter and enjoy my breadmaking attempts. I have tried as many recipes as possible, including the Rustic Olive bread recipe which I found online at KAF. The olives made a delicious bread that my husband and I enjoyed, but I made the recipe without the olives this last time and found the olive oil alone gave such a delicious texture to the bread. I don't think I will add the olives again, but enjoy the versatility of the plain loaves. This is the best bread I have every made (yes, I have said that before about the 6-grain bread); Discovering a new "best bread ever" is part of the joy of KAF. Thank you
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