Black Olive Foccacia Bread


First things first – I can highly recommend a trip to Sri Lanka. It’s a little bit of India (Goa, actually), a little bit of Thailand, and a touch of Bali. Tall Paul was the instigator of a surf trip (no, I don’t surf) to SR and organized our stay at Stella Beach villa, right on the beach (or surf break, to be exact). Best of all was our in-house chef – and lap pool. Check it out:

Breakfast began with fruit (must have spent hours carving these)…

…and then eggs followed by seriously thick, strong, grainy coffee (not bad, though). This is our chef’s version of traditional Sri Lankan hoppers:

And how about these beautiful – non photoshopped, might i add – crabs and giant prawns?? Lunch, anyone?:

Needless to say, after days of rice, curries and vegetables, a bit of bread was in order.

Olive Foccacia Bread

You can substitute the olives with sun-dried tomato, caramelized onion, Parmesan, rosemary – whatever grabs you. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

1 packet instant yeast
1/3 cup warm water
2 cups stoneground flour (I use Eureka flour)
2T extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing
sea salt
1 cup black olives, pitted

1. Stir the yeast into the warm water and set aside for about 10 minutes.
2. Combine yeast mixture and flour and stir to combine. Add additional water, a little at a time, until the dough begins to pull together. Knead for about 1 minute. Lightly coat the dough in olive oil and set aside in a large bowl, covered with a damp cloth.
3. After about half an hour the dough should have doubled in size. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Pat and roll the dough onto a greased baking sheet or tray. Push the olives into the surface of the bread dough and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt.
4.Bake in a preheated oven at about 240˚C for about 15 to 20 minutes.

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8 Responses to “Black Olive Foccacia Bread”

  1. Sam March 15, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Wow looks beautiful and a real tropical break. I must say I have a ridiculous craving for crab and also keen to cook it so am on the hunt.

    • bern March 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      I saw fresh crab at Food Lover’s, bottom of Long Street, not so long ago… my favorite version is the Singaporean (is that a word?) chill crab. So good! x

  2. Girl with a Teacup March 15, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Wow, that beach looks amazing! and those crabs!!! *Quickly adds Sri Lanka to bucket list*

    • bern March 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      Hi Tessa. A definite bucket list addition. Let me know if you want the details for Stella Beach Villa. (Though Tall Paul would slaughter me … ‘best kept secret,’ says he!

  3. Betty Bake March 15, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    wow looks like a yummy bread. your holiday looks fab!!!

    hugs
    Betty Bake x

  4. Colleen March 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Oooooooooh Bern! How awesome. And what stunning looking crabs and prawns. What an awesome break. And as for that bread. Oh my…..I long to eat stuff like that again. Its been so long that I have lived on smoothies and slops. So tired of it now. I will bookmark! Thank you. Hugs xx

    • bern March 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      Hi Colleen. I’m still not convinced those are actually prawns, I have to say. They look like langoustines to me, though seller was insistent they were giant Sri Lankan prawns. The fluorescent blue pincers and legs of the crab and ‘prawns’ was a sight to behold! B

  5. Brenda Wardall March 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Looks so amazing!!

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