Easy Sun Dried Tomato and Kalamata Olive Bread

Is there any smell better than the smell of freshly baked bread? In my opinion it’s something which is pretty hard to beat. But, who wants to spend an age kneading bread, waiting for it to prove and then baking?  With our easy sundried tomato and kalamata olive bread you won’t have to. 

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The Original Recipe

A few weeks ago my thirteen year old son Evan was tasked with creating a two course meal as part of a Scout’s challenge.  Being a little competitive, (anyone knows who he could possibly take after?) he decided to go one better.  Yep, enter a three course meal. 

We needed to think of something which was relatively straightforward but would still end up in a delicious three course meal for four.  We decided early on that he would make our Chicken Tomato and Feta Pasta as his main and for dessert he chose our Biscoff Blondies.  The starter however was proving a little more difficult.  Whilst walking around Morissions, still with no idea on what he would make he kept telling me about the crispy bread we get in restaurants.  I showed him breadsticks and crispbreads but apparently this is not what he had in mind.  In the end, he decided to make a simple but delicious bread roll he had made in school previously. 

The original recipe calls for a two-hour proving time to allow the dough to rise properly. However, my son insisted that they skipped the proving time entirely and still ended up with delicious bread. Sceptical but curious, I decided to give his method a try.

Adding a Gourmet Twist

Being a tad bit competitive, Evan couldn’t just bake a basic bread roll. So, with a little bit of creativity we ended up elevating a basic recipe to a gourmet experience with the addition of sundried tomatoes and Kalamata olives. 

These additions not only add bursts of flavour but also create a beautiful, rustic appearance.

Easy Sun Dried Tomato and Kalamata Olive Bread

Recipe by Colleene Wink
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes

Ingredients

  • 200g all-purpose flour

  • 5g active dry yeast

  • 2g salt

  • 30ml olive oil, plus extra for oiling

  • 180ml water

  • 30g butter

  • 10 sun dried tomatoes, chopped

  • 10-15 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 180℃.
  • Pit the olives and chop into halves or quarters.
  • Chop the sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Place the flour, salt, yeast olive oil and most of the water in a food mixer with a dough hook attached, taking care not to let the yeast touch the salt until you actually begin mixing.  
  • Start mixing on a slow speed, gradually adding the rest of the water until you have a smooth dough.  This should take approximately 5 minutes.
  • Fold in the sun dried tomatoes and kalamata olives until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Lightly oil your work surface and tip the dough out of the bowl.  
  • Dust your hands with a little flour and divide the doubt into two.
  • Knock back the dough and stretch and fold for a few minutes before shaping into a dough shape.
  • Place on a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Let the bread cool on a  wire rack  before slicing.

Recipe Video

The Verdict

To my surprise (given the lack of proving) the bread turned out to be absolutely delicious. The crust was perfectly crispy, and the inside was soft and packed with the rich flavours of sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives. The bread had a beautiful texture despite skipping the proving time.

Pairing this bread with our chicken and feta pasta was a match made in heaven. The salty tang of the feta, the tender chicken, and the vibrant Mediterranean flavours of the bread complemented each other perfectly, creating a meal that felt like an indulgence but was incredibly easy to make.

New Family Favourite

My son’s school bread recipe, enhanced with sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives, has become a new family favourite. Whether you follow the traditional proving time or take a shortcut, the result is a flavourful, rustic bread that pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. Give it a try and elevate your bread-making game!

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