Olive & Sun-dried Tomato Bread

Take a crusty bread loaf to tasty new heights by working chopped garlic, olives and sun-dried tomatoes through the dough for maximum flavor in every slice.

Olive & Sun-dried Tomato Bread | Pizza Pro
 

Ingredients

Makes 2 loaves

  • 1¼ cup (300ml) water
  • ¾ cup (200ml) yogurt
  • 25g active dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2⅔ cups (325g) bread flour (strong white flour)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3½ cups (450g) “00” flour
  • ¾ cup (100g) Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup (100g) sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped

Directions

Combine the water and yogurt in a pan and warm over a low heat on your stovetop to 37˚C; test this with a thermometer. Transfer to a bowl, stir in the yeast, honey, salt and garlic, then beat in the strong bread (white) flour and the oil. Add the “00” flour and stir until you have a smooth dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size. This will take about 1 hour.

Split the dough in half and knead half the olives and half the tomatoes into each piece. Shape each half into a ball. Place the balls of dough, spaced well apart, in a floured basket (this leaves a nice design imprinted on them). Cover with a cloth and set aside to rise in a warm place for at least 30 minutes.

Fire up your Ooni pizza oven. Aim for a temperature of 250˚C at the center of the baking stone inside. You can check the temperature quickly and easily using an infrared thermometer.

Line a baking tray with baking paper. Turn the dough out of the basket and onto the prepared tray so that the patterned surface is on top. Prick that surface with a chopstick or skewer.

Place the baking tray inside your Ooni pizza oven and bake the loaves for about 20 minutes, or until golden and risen – the loaves are ready when they make a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.