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Greek Olive & Yoghurt Bread

  • BAKE: 30m
  • SERVES: 12


METHOD: (makes 2 loaves)

Place the bread mix into a mixing bowl. Add the yoghurt, warm water and olive oil then mix together to form a soft dough.
Knead the dough well for 5 minutes, using a little ground rice for dusting if necessary.
Cover loosely with a damp tea towel; lightly oiled plastic or polythene and allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, coarsely chop the olives in half.
Again using ground rice for dusting, mix the chopped olives evenly through the dough then divide into two equal pieces.
Shape each piece into a ball then elongate to a torpedo shape.
Place the loaves onto a large pre-lined baking tray that has been liberally sprinkled with ground rice and dust top of the loaves with ground rice too.
Loosely cover with a damp tea towel; lightly oiled plastic or polythene and
leave to rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.

Remove polythene cover and gently cut a pattern on top of each loaf with a sharp knife.

Bake in a pre-heated oven 225°C (437°F) gas mark 7 for 25-30 minutes until well-risen and deep golden brown.

The loaf will sound hollow when tapped on the base, if baking is complete.

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Deb's Tips

Do try this beautiful bread, enriched with yoghurt - we just loved the taste. Use black or green olives or a combination of the two. Make it Mediterranean for a barbeque night, studded with sundried tomatoes too, if desired.

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