Olive Oil Bread! Yum!!

Here is an amazing recipe that we got from a woman that goes to our church.  This is a great and easy bread that tastes amazing!

Olive oil bread

Makes 1 large loaf

6 cups unbleached white bread flour
3 1/2 tsp sea salt
2 1/4 tsp yeast
about 600 ml room temperature water
100 ml olive oil
extra flour for dusting

Large baking sheet, sprayed with olive oil.

  Combine flour and salt in large mixing bowl and make a well in the center.  In small bowl, cream the yeast to a smooth liquid with 3 Tbsp of water.  Pour the yeast liquid into the well of flour and add most of the remaining water.  Quickly mix with a dough hook, then pour in the oil and continue mixing until the dough comes together.  Add remaining water if necessary, the dough should be fairly soft, but should hold its shape and not stick to fingers.  (Add flour if it does.)  Mix the dough in your mixer for 5 to 6 minute on medium high speed or if you want to get a arm workout, you can knead the dough by hand for 10 minutes.  Place in a large bowl, cover with damp towel until doubled in size, about 2 hours.  ( I did this step in our warming drawer on low heat for 1 hour.) Turn out the dough on a floured surface and shape.  You can braid or twist it.  (This time I did three big rolls.)  Let rise another hour.  (Again, I put it in our warming drawer for 20 minutes.)  Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes THEN another 18 to 20 minutes at 375 degrees.  Enjoy!

After the wet ingredients were poured into the well.

The dough before its first rise.

The dough AFTER its first rise.

Finished product

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