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Wild Bread with Olives

April 2007 attempt at capturing wild yeast . July 2007 bread failure . July 2007 2nd attempt to capture wild yeast . July 2007 bread success! . July 2007 another success! . August 2007 sourdough rye . January 2008 malted wildbread . June 2012 wild yeast capture . June 2012 Wild Bread (Tartine) . travelling with sourdough starter . hand-kneading slack dough

July 2007
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Olive bread made from recently captured wild yeast, following a recipe in Piano Piano Pieno by Susan McKenna Grant

wild yeast bread with olives © ejm July 2007

Olives

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Our favourites are Moroccan style black oil-cured olives. Often in stews, we leave them whole but because the pits would be treacherous in bread, I pitted the olives.

olives © ejm July 2007
olives © ejm July 2007olives © ejm July 2007

Just before shaping the bread, scatter the olives over the risen dough.

wild yeast bread with olives © ejm July 2007

Close up of dough with olives

wild yeast bread with olives © ejm July 2007

Shape into rounds. Only one of these loaves has olives in it. Because my slashing technique leaves a LOT to be desired, I have started placing cookie cutters on top of the rising loaves. Not only do they etch a design into the loaf, but they also help keep the protective covering (damp clean tea towel or plastic) away from the dough so it is easier to remove when the bread has risen.

wild yeast bread with olives © ejm July 2007

Allow the baked bread to continue its internal cooking by letting it cool completely on a wire rack. (If you prefer warm bread, reheat it just before serving.)

wild yeast bread with olives © ejm July 2007

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Sliced and placed in a basket for serving.

wild yeast bread with olives © ejm July 2007

wild yeast bread with olives © ejm July 2007

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Serve olive bread with or without good quality olive oil for dipping. We blundered onto Emma olive oil at the supermarket. It was on sale for $6.00 a liter! It's a major steal; the olive oil is wonderfully fruity and slightly spicy. (Unsalted butter is good on the bread too....)

wild yeast bread with olives © ejm July 2007

(See photos of this bread without olives)



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Barbecued Chicken

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We served the bread with barbecued chicken (with a simple dried herb, salt, pepper and garlic powder dry rub), rapini and green beans with caramelized garlic and fresh herbs from the garden - basil, thyme, oregano (hot!!) and arugula (also hot!!!)

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