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Olive And Oregano Bread

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Ingredients
  Warm water 10 Fluid Ounce (300 Milliliter / 1 1/4 Cups)
  Dried yeast 1 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1 Pinch
  Olive oil 15 Milliliter (1 Tablespoon)
  Onion 1 , chopped
  Strong white flour 1 Pound (450 Grams / 4 Cups)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Pitted black olives 2 Ounce, roughly chopped (1/3 Cup / 50 Grams)
  Black olive paste 15 Milliliter (1 Tablespoon)
  Chopped fresh oregano 15 Milliliter (1 Tablespoon)
  Chopped fresh parsley 15 Milliliter (1 Tablespoon)
Directions

1. Put half the warm water in a jug. Sprinkle the yeast on top. Add the sugar, mix well and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
2. Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan and fry the onion gently until golden brown.
3. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl with the salt and pepper. Make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture, the fried onion (with the oil), the olives, olive paste, herbs and remaining water. Gradually incorporate the flour and mix to a soft dough, adding a little extra water if necessary.
4. Turn the dough on to a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in a mixing bowl, cover with a damp dish towel and leave in a warm place to rise for about 2 hours until the dough has doubled in bulk. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
5. Turn the dough on to a floured surface and knead again for a few minutes. Shape into a 20 cm / 8 in round and place on the prepared baking sheet. Using a large sharp knife, make crisscross cuts over the top. Cover and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes until well risen. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7.
6. Dust the loaf with a little flour. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 200°C/400°f/ Gas 6. Bake for 20 minutes more, or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Breakfast
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Interest: 
Party, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
120 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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