No Knead Olive Bread

olive bread


Now that fall is upon us, we look forward to baking bread. We’re complete novices when it comes to baking bread…in fact, we confess, this was our first attempt, but that’s what makes this post that much more meaningful.  Purely due to a lack of motivation, a copy of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day was collecting dust on our bookshelf. Fortuitously, several months ago, we won a contest that awarded a years supply of California Olive Ranch olive oil and a Viking stand mixer! We were ecstatic and immediately tried to think of the best way to use both of these prizes.  So combining Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, some good California Olive Ranch oil and the 800W power of the Viking stand mixer, we ventured into the world of bread baking.
We admit, if there’s an easy way of doing something…then that’s what we’re doing. So in Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, Jeff Hertzberg, MD and Zoe Francois (whom we’ve both met–such nice folks!) teaches us how to make a master dough recipe and technique of no knead bread that can give access to freshly baked bread every day with minimal preparation. A 1-2 week supply of dough is made in advance and refrigerated. Mixing it takes less than 10 minutes. Every day, pull off a chunk of dough and quickly shape it without kneading. Allow it to rest briefly on the counter and then toss it in the oven.  It’s that simple. 

You can also alter the master recipe to make all kinds of bread varieties that would be hard to grow tired of.   Naturally, with all that great California Olive Ranch olive oil, we decided to make a no knead olive bread.

olive bread


Helpful bread baking tools include a pizza peel, a baking stone, broiler tray, corn meal, and or wax paper. Although very useful, a stand mixer is not necessary.



No Knead Olive Bread


6 1/2 cups unbleached AP flour
1 1/2 tbs yeast
1 1/2 tbs kosher salt
1 tbs sugar
1/4 cup California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil or other high quality brand
2 3/4 cup luke warm water (just warm to the touch)
1.5 cup coarsely chopped pitted olives
1/4 cup coarsely chopped rosemary


Combine the flour, salt, yeast, sugar and mix ingredients together in a large 5 qt container or a large 5qt stand mixer bowl. Add water and olive oil and using the mixing tool begin to mix. Half way until a wet dough is formed, add the olives and chopped rosemary. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, leaving a small opening and allow it to rise at room temperature until it begins to collapse or at least flatten, about 2 hours. The dough can be used at this point, however, the book recommends refrigerating the dough for another 3 hrs so that it is less wet and sticky.
When ready to bake, prepare a pizza peel by sprinkling corn meal liberally. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on the dough mixture and pull a good grapefruit size piece of dough, using shears to cut the sticky dough as necessary. We then roll the dough into a boule (ball) according to the book direction: Gently stretch the surface of the dough around to the bottom on four “sides,” rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go, until the bottom is a collection of four bunched ends. Place on pizza peel and allow to rest about 40 minutes. 20 minutes before baking, pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Place an empty boiler tray for holding water on another shelf.

At this point if you like an egg wash on your bread you can do that and slash the top of the bread with a serrated knife about 1⁄4-inch-deep cross, scallop or tick-tack-toe pattern into the top. (This helps the bread expand during baking.) You can also dust liberally with flour and slash with serrated knife. The dough may flatten a bit, but you can reshape as needed.

With a forward jerking motion of the wrist, slide the loaf off the pizza peel and onto the baking stone. Quickly but carefully pour about a cup of hot water into the broiler tray and close the oven door to trap the steam. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is browned and firm to the touch.


Watch a video of Jeff and Zoe demonstrate their master recipe here.

olive bread


The book expands upon the master recipe to flat breads, pizza, and more and also teaches you how to make artisan style loafs such as the wreath, epi, and baguette. So each day or so, pull off new dough to bake. By the 10th day or so, you’ll notice a slightly more sour dough taste. Continue to enjoy or use that as a sour dough starter for the next batch.

olive bread

Every other day, we would pull off dough and make a different style of olive bread, encrusting it with garlic, or sprinkling different toppings such as sea salt, cracked pepper, or sesame. Although newbies, we were so confident with this bread and technique, we even brought some to a dinner party and shared it with friends Gastronomy, Stellar Recipes, Kung Food Panda, and Diana Takes a Bite.


Thanks to Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day , Viking, and California Olive Ranch for making home bread baking so easy!

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39 Responses to “No Knead Olive Bread”

  1. 1

    Gastronomer — September 21, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    This bread was so very tasty!! Let's have another dinner party again soon 🙂

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    Dee — September 21, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

    this bread looks AMAZING. i will try out the recipe ASAP!

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    The Duo Dishes — September 22, 2010 @ 2:20 am

    That does look oh so good. Ever had walnuts or pine nuts in your olive bread? So so so good.

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    Pham — September 22, 2010 @ 2:28 am

    what kind of AP Fluor do you use? Looks great and I like to try.

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    Ravenous Couple — September 22, 2010 @ 2:33 am

    Gastronomer: yes, how about an apartment warming party?

    Dee: hope it works out for you!

    DuoDishes: wow, nuts would seem great with olive bread..thanks!

    Pham: unbleached AP flour..really any brand would do.

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    Fresh Local and Best — September 22, 2010 @ 2:43 am

    This does looks so easy! I adore olive bread, and I like that this recipe allows for one fresh bread loaf each day.

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    abi — September 22, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    I love making bread, it is so much easier than you think it will be and so satisfying. You soon start to learn what makes a good bread dough and what you need to do to it to make it work!

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    Miss.Adventure — September 22, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    I want to try this recipe this weekend! I just love olive bread and this looks that I may be able to manage!

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    Ju (The Little Teochew) — September 22, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    WELL DONE!! Superb effort and fantastic photography. I am so ashamed of myself. No Knead Olive Bread, here I come!!

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    CitizenRobots — September 22, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    I did something wrong, but it still came out delicious!

    My bread came out HUGE. I mean, it nearly rose to the size of the dang pizza stone!

    But the delicious bits are – I used sun-dried tomato stuffed olives, so there are flecks of both throughout this giant freak loaf. AND I put big handfuls of freshly-grated parmesan cheese on top, which formed a delicious crispy crown on top.

    I must have let it rise too long – I think I may have let it rise just 30-45 minutes longer than I ought to have…!

    (twitter name: citizenrobot)

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    Ravenous Couple — September 22, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    Ju abd Niss.Adventure: let us know if it works out for you!

    CitizenRobots: Yes, it does continue to rise during the baking process–hence the recipe only rec pulling out a grapefruit size dough. But glad it tasted great!

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    Anna A. — September 23, 2010 @ 2:52 am

    This looks fantastic! Thanks for this recipe and for sharing your experience. I will for sure being referencing your recipe in the future! Love the rosemary and olive combo. Boom!

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    sophia — September 23, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    you MUST know that I have a weakness for good bread, and your pictures and descriptions just left me weak-kneed and swooning!

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    Anonymous — September 26, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    FYI, the bread book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes is a laughing stock in the bread community. Just check out the error list on the book's website. It was rushed out there and they didn't even bother proofing it…

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    Forager @ The Gourmet Forager — October 1, 2010 @ 7:20 am

    Yum – I love how you snip the bread to give it that interesting shape and make for easy pullapart bits. Now, to convince the bf to make me some..

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    Kung Food Panda — December 30, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    Thanks for bringing the olive bread to Cathy's that night. It was really delicious. An olive dish I can approve of!

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    Zorana — February 21, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

    This bread is mouth watering!

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    Paula Strickland — November 7, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    very good recipe…i didn’t add any extra ingredients and plan to add fun toppers that fit my mood on different days. this works great as an everyday, plain bread recipe, too. it’s nice to have ready-made dough that i can just stick in the oven while making dinner!

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    Laura — February 25, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Hi I just came across your recipe and it looks amazing!! So excited to try it out tonight but I don’t own a pizza stone. Will it still come out ok if I use a regular pan? Thanks

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    The Ravenous Couple — February 25, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

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    C — October 26, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    I didn’t use a pizza stone, just parchment and a cookie sheet and it still came out great! So easy!

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    Barbara — November 25, 2014 @ 11:18 pm

    I just bought a new bread maker and I’m keen to try out this recipe. Anyone has ever tried baking it with a bread maker before?

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    The Ravenous Couple — November 28, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    no that we know. we would recommend recipes designed for the bread maker as the intructions for the no knead method from the book do not necessary indicate that the recipes are made for bread makers.

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    cindy curel — October 4, 2015 @ 4:08 am

    Thank you very much for sharing. I’m so excited to try this. I love making my bread. Especially I try different recipe with my bread machine but I am not sure for this one. Can I make it with my bread machine. Or do you have other recipe which can be use for bread machine?

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    Andrew Hopkins — January 12, 2016 @ 12:19 am

    Thank for sharing.
    Now i have a new repice.

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    Anthony — March 3, 2016 @ 6:07 am

    This bread looks so healthy and delicious. I will make this for my next breakfast. Thank you so much, what a awesome post !

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    Kathy — June 16, 2016 @ 1:02 am

    I have never know this recipe before but now I had learned how to make it.
    Thank for share, this bread recipe look yummy.

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    shark vacuum cleaner — June 12, 2017 @ 8:59 am

    I love making bread, it is so much easier than you think it will be and so satisfying. You soon start to learn what makes a good bread dough and what you need to do to it to make it work!

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    meng — July 23, 2020 @ 8:09 pm

    This bread was so very tasty!! Let’s have another dinner party again soon 🙂

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