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French Olive Bread Easy Delicious

French Olive Bread with olive oil on the side

My husband loves homemade bread more than store bought, simply because he loves to have the bread when it’s warm and of course fresh. I had to come up with many recipes of bread, adding different ingredients, just to make it more interesting, but I have to say that French Olive Bread is loved by my family and is baked more often than other breads.

French Olive Bread.
French Olive Bread served with fresh olives

French Olive Bread, looks beautiful, smells great, tastes amazing, but the best part for a house wife with many chores, is that this bread is so easy to make.

French Olive Bread overhead shot

If you happen to make this French Olive Bread (and I hope, you will), take a slice, dip it in olive oil, and you may just want to have it this way.

This bread is a great companion to stews and soups, but my family loves it with olive oil, or a little butter.

French Olive Bread showing tender crumbs and olives

When I first made French Olive Bread, I felt like a five star baker and I’m sure you will too.

Although I have used black olives, you can use green olives instead.

French Olive Bread on a baking sheet

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As for my recipe, here you go!

French Olive Bread

French Olive Bread Easy Delicious

French Olive Bread, soft form the inside, filled with black olives, a light golden crust from the outside. So flavorful you’d want to have it on its own.
4.65 from 14 votes
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Course: Bread,
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Muna Kenny


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon chopped black olives
  • 1 teaspoon oil


  • In half-cup warm water add the sugar and yeast, stir to dissolve.
  • In a bowl, sift or whisk flour with salt.
  • Add the yeast mixture, and oil to the flour and knead until smooth for 10 minutes by hand.
  • Dry the olives with kitchen towel and add to the dough, knead just to combine.
  • Dough might get sticky now, so add little flour and knead until dough is no more sticky and smooth.
  • Cover dough and let it rest for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Punch the dough to take out all the air. Roll the dough to a log around 13” long.
  • Place on the baking sheet and let it rise again for 40 minutes. Make light cuts on the loaf (score the loaf).
  • Oven must be pre-heated to 400F, bake the loaf for 16 minutes, and then let it cool on cooling rack.
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  1. 5 stars
    Who wouldn’t love this bread?! Looks amazing and so delicious! Nothing beats homemade… Love your pics too!!!

  2. It looks scrumptious! You bake so well, Muna.

  3. 5 stars
    This bread looks so soft and fluffy! Need to try making this soon! πŸ™‚

    • munatycooking

      Hi Marsha, you’ll love this bread, and I would love to know how you liked it when you bake it πŸ™‚

  4. I love making homemade bread too. Ever since I start to do so, I’ve never bought commercial ones anymore. I’ve yet to try one with olives though. I’m inspired. πŸ™‚

    • munatycooking

      Hi Girl, I saw the bread you make back at your blog, it looked so fluffy, yum! Hope you like my version of this French Bread πŸ™‚

  5. oh man.. Two of my favorite things! French bread and black olives!!! My mouth is watering just looking at this- it’s brilliant! It’s supposed to snow this weekend.. I’m totally making this

    • munatycooking

      Ah, snow! I like to watch it fall, but it’s not my best friend when it freezes on the road, becomes slippery, and make me fall! More soups will be made this winter, and this bread is a great companion πŸ™‚

  6. What a delicious bread you have made. I love black olives and I think adding them to french bread is a genius idea. I will have to give this a try. The color on this bread is just perfect.

    • munatycooking

      Hi Cynthia, thanks for you kind comment, I didn’t wash this bread with anything before baking it, it just comes out beautiful, give it a try and you’ll love it.

  7. Your bread is beautiful. I hate to admit that making bread has always scared me. It is on list to overcome my fear of yeast this year. I will have to pin this for later.

  8. Beautiful bread and it looks fairly easy to make. I have a fear of yeast…it is on my list to overcome that fear this year. Your bread looks like it might be a good one to start with.

    • munatycooking

      Hey Lisa, when you start baking your own bread, believe me you wouldn’t want store bought. Let me know how the bread came out when you try it πŸ™‚

  9. My son loves olives and he’ll be thrilled to see olives in the bread (he might pick out more from the bread! he he he). Beautiful loaf, Muna!! I love the lighting coming onto bread.. so beautiful!

    • munatycooking

      Thanks Nami! It is a wonderful bread, tastes good and stays fresh for long time. Hope your son and family enjoys every bite πŸ™‚

  10. 5 stars
    Homemade bread is always the best. This one looks delicious. Perfect for any meal.

  11. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I know we could eat the whole loaf in one sitting πŸ™‚

  12. 5 stars
    That is a great looking bread. Bravo!

  13. The bread came out beautifully. It looks so soft. You bake well. I love those olives!

    • munatycooking

      Baking is my passion, I love baking and sometimes I start baking late at night. This bread is very tasty, hope you give it a try πŸ™‚

  14. Nandhini Kannan

    5 stars
    Hi Munathy,
    I recently stumbled upon ur website and tried this bread twice already. Simply amazing and easy recipe.Came out perfectly every time. I am going to try more of your receipes soon.
    Thabks a lot

  15. 5 stars
    Hi! I just wanted to Thank you for sharing your recipe, I loved it! I just added 2 extra ingredients (walnuts and Rosemary)to make it a little bit different and it was delicious!
    I ate it with feta cheese! Thanks again!

    • munatycooking

      Hi, Thanks for suggesting these two ingredients, I’m sure my readers will appreciate it πŸ™‚

  16. This recipe looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try it. What kind of black olives do you suggest? I’m assuming not the bland canned black olives?

    • munatycooking

      Hi Chris, it’s best to use black olives that are stored in jars and are sold at farms, but the canned black olives also taste good in this recipe.

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