Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Harissa & Olive Bread

Comfort Carb

Before we get to the recipe,
let me tell you why I've not been
keeping up with the updates lately...
To be honest, I just run out of things to say!
My life has gotten into a rut, to put it bluntly.
Looks like I need to find me something new to do before I go mental 

Meanwhile, back to the mundane subject of the weather:
we're experiencing a spell of sub-zero weather
I don't really mind the cold as long as it's not windy or wet.
And considering the sun's shining
It's really not bad at all
I'm just hoping the persistent ground frost would not kill my plants
that's all I ask

Harissa & Olive Bread

500g strong white flour, plus extra for kneading
1 tsp salt
1 x 7g sachet of instant yeast
320ml cool water
4 dessert spoon olive oil, plus extra for kneading
3 tbsp harissa
3/4 cup green olives, coarsely chopped

Place the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add the oil and 240ml of water.

Using your hands, mix the ingredients together. 
Gradually add the remaining water (you may not need it all),
until all the flour leaves the side of the bowl
and you have a soft, rough dough.

Pour a little oil onto a clean work surface. 
Sit the dough on the oil and begin to knead. 
Do this for 5-10 minutes, or until the dough becomes smooth and silky. 
Once the correct consistency is achieved, place the dough into a clean, oiled bowl. 
Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place until doubled in size.

Once risen, place the dough onto a floured surface. 
Knock the dough back by folding it in on itself repeatedly. 
Do this until all the air is knocked out and the dough is smooth.
Flatten the dough into a rectangle.

Spread the harissa and chopped olives mixture over the surface.
Roll the dough like a Swiss roll so that you have a smooth top with a seam along the base. 
Place it in a loaf tin with the seam at the bottom.
Cover and leave to prove until doubled in size.

 Bake in a preheated oven 220C for 25 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to 180C and bake for further 15 minutes


  1. Salam Muna, please don't stop writing. I have a 9-5 job or rather 7-7 job with incessant deadlines and I always start my day with a read of your blog to have a view of your lovely home, garden and see what's cooking. It reminds me that there is more in life than this work and I will get there one day. So please keep on writing because there are silent readers out there that need this "window" to keep going.

    1. Salam Zue
      It's nice to know you enjoy my little ramblings about life in the country.
      I'm sure Lolita and the quackers are happy to know they have a fan in you, as do I ��
      Hope you keep on reading. Take care

  2. Replies
    1. thanks for the encouragement, wmm chevy ♡

  3. Yeah I agree with Zue..reading to your ramblings and looking at the beautiful pictures is also source of happiness sometimes ;)