The weather has been truly fabulous in the last few days - bright, sunny and the temperatures reaching nearly 30C, you may get the impression the summer has come! Not quite, but not far off either.
For the bread you need:
half a packet of dried yeast (5-7 gram)
a spoonful of salt
half a spoon of sugar
a sprinkle of olive oil
Mix the flour with yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl, add a sprinkle of olive oil and water and mix together until it makes a dough. If you're not sure how much water to add start with a small amount and keep adding more until all the ingredients have blended into a dough, Then knead the dough well for a few minutes, and when it's smooth cover the bowl with a tea towel and put in a warm place for about 30 minutes to grow. When it's grown, add olives and knead again, and put in a warm place for another 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to the maximum temperature, line the baking trays with baking paper, or cover them with butter and sprinkle bread crumbs in it. When the dough is ready divide it in two parts (or more - depending what size loaves you want), form loaves, and place them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. This is actually the only tricky part - the actual baking time will depend on the oven - so it's good to keep an eye and check after about 15 minutes of baking how it's going. If the crust is golden brown take the breads out, place them on the bread board on cooling rack for a few minutes. When it's not burning hot, you can enjoy your breads. it tastes delicious on its own, as well as with butter, dipped with olive oil, or olive oil and balsamic vinegar mix. It would probably go very well with pesto, and plenty of other things that I haven't thought about yet. however it is served, it is definitely worth trying!