As I said this olive oil loaf isn't hard but is a little time consuming, with the proofing and all. It uses olive oil to knead the dough rather then lots of flour.
·500g strong white flour
·2 teaspoons sea salt flakes, crushed
·1x7g fast action yeast
·350ml lukewarm water
·3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for kneading
·100g green olives, drained
·50g manchego cheese, diced
Equipment:·Baking sheet lined with baking paper
· Roasting tin
1.Mix together the flour, salt, and dried yeast in a bowl.
2.Add the water and work with your hand to make a soft looking dough. Cover with cling film and leave to rest for 15 minutes.
3.Turn out the dough on an oiled surface, oil your hands and knead the dough for 4 minutes. Cover the dough with clingfilm and leave to rest for 20 minutes and knead for another 4 minutes.
4.Combine the olives and cheese, then work into the dough. The dough should be soft but not sticking to your hands.
5.Transfer the dough to the baking sheet and pat out until an oval shape (1.5 cm thick and about 20cm wide). Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
6.Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven 230c/450f/ Gas Mark 8. Place the baking sheet and roasting tin into the oven. Place the dough onto baking paper.
7.Uncover the dough, dust a little flour on top to decorate, or place a doily on top and dust a little flour on top with a sieve.
8.Carefully pull the baking sheet out of the oven, and slide the dough onto the baking sheet and put into the oven.
9. Pour some cold water into the roasting tin to create a burst of steam and close the oven door fast.
10. Bake the loaf for 20 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and eat the same day, warm.
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