Feta, Olive and Basil Bread
Feta, Olive and Basil Bread
Feta, Olive and Basil Bread is a homemade bread which is stuffed with feta, olives and basil. Superbly delicious, goes well with a hearty salad or soup. Makes a good bread to carry for lunch, picnics or even when you’re travelling.
Fresh Basil or Dried?
While fresh basil would have been a better option, I didn’t have any so used the dried version. I’ve also tried the stuffing with other herbs and it tastes equally good. So, go ahead and use a herb of your choice.
Plain Flour or Whole Wheat Flour?
The first time I baked this bread, I used all purpose flour only. Nowadays, I prefer to use wholewheat flour and add just a little of the plain flour. Use whichever you prefer.
What Kind Of Olives Should You Use?
Any of your choice, green black, kalamata, mixed.
Feta Cheese is a Greek brined curd cheese, made either from sheep or goats’s milk. It is aged in the brine and is soft and can easily crumble. The prominent flavour of this cheese is tangy and salty. It is also known as pickled cheese.
If you follow a strict vegetarian diet, try and get feta cheese made with vegetable rennet.
I love feta cheese and add it to breads, salads and pies too.
Here are Some Recipes Where I Love To Use Feta Cheese
- Fatayer Jebneh – cheese pastries from the Middle East
- Beetroot Mango Feta Salad – colourful, a medley of flavours and filling.
- Avocado, Tomato and Feta Salad – another filling and delicious summery salad.
- My favourite, Watermelon, Feta and Spinach Salad – so refreshing and a wonderful combination of sweet and tangy.
- Vegetarian Chickpea Gyros – filling, healthy and yummy
- Greek Salad or Horiatiki is incomplete without feta cheese
- Traditional Mexican Molette – Mexican style sandwich where I’ve replaced cojita cheese with feta.
Loaf or Buns?
You can roll the dough out into a rectangle, spread out the stuffing and shape it into a round or normal loaf. Or you can make buns, whichever you prefer. I prefer to make medium buns.
Since mid January 2014, I have been having some teeth problems. Can I blame my 50+ age, approaching menopause or genes? Since childhood I have been pretty regular with brushing, flossing, mouth washes, etc. By the way after all these years of bombarding people with adverts of the benefits of mouth washes, some health gurus claim that mouth washes are actually bad for our teeth.
Whatever, its just given me an excuse to stop buying those expensive, coloured, gum burning liquids and go back to the salted water gargle.
So during my umpteen visit to the dentist, I came across a recipe of bread with feta,olives and basil in a home living magazine. Mentally noted what the filling was all about and went to sit on the dental chair. Next day, I thought I better bake the bread before I forget about it.
In spite of the extremely hot weather, I kneaded the dough for 12 minutes non stop…. yes good workout for the arms (though my arms still appear as though I am a sumo wrestler!). After the task of kneading the bread was over, I looked as though I have just come out of the sauna…. dripping wet!
So here’s the recipe of my hard workout and by the way toothache is less now. Yes it seems old age is catching up fast and my siblings are teasing me that I pretty soon may have dentures. Dentures can wait but not the baking bug.
Ingredients Required For Feta, Olive and Basil Bread
- Flours – wholewheat and all purpose or bread flour
- Yeast – I prefer to use dry active instant yeast. If you don’t use the instant version then you will need to ferment the dry yeast in some warm liquid for 10 minutes. Add the yeast and sugar to the warm water. Stir and allow it to ferment before adding to the flour mixture.
- Salt – add less as the feta cheese and olives taste salty.
- Sugar – need a little for the yeast to ferment.
- Olive Oil – to add to the dough and extra for brushing and applying to the dough.
- Warm Water – lukewarm water.
- Feta Cheese – crumbled
- Olives – use any kind of your choice. Slice or chop them up roughly.
- Basil – I have used dried basil.
- Garlic Paste – add according to your taste.
- Pepper – coarse pepper powder
FETA OLIVE AND BASIL BREAD
- 2¼ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tsp dry active instant yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1-1¼ cups warm water
- ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
- ½ cup olives sliced
- 1 tsp dried basil or ¼ cup fresh chopped basil
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp coarse pepper powder
- extra oil for greasing and brushing
- extra flour for dusting
- Put the flours in a big bowl.
- Add sugar, salt and yeast to it and mix it.
- Rub in the olive oil.
- Add the warm water and form a dough.
- Sprinkle some flour onto a worktop.
- Put the dough onto it and knead it using the heel of your palm for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Make the dough into a huge round shape.
- Rub oil all over the bowl and the dough.
- Place the dough in the bowl and cover it with a cling film, lid or damp tea towel.
- Put it in a suitable warm place for the dough to rise till its double the size.Mine takes about 1½ hours. The fermentation time will depend on the weather.
- Punch the dough down gently. Sprinkle more flour over the worktop or board. Divide it into 8 or 10 equal parts and roll into a ball.
- Mix all the ingredients for the filling.
- Take one ball and using your thumb and fingers make it into a bowl shape.
- Add 1 tsp of the filling and close up the edges.
- Roll the dough into a round shape and place it in a greased tray with the sealed part at the bottom.
- Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
- Place the tray in a warm place and let the dough rise again till its nearly double the size. I let it rest for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Brush olive oil over the tops of the buns and sprinkle some basil over it.
- Place the risen dough in the oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes or till the tops are golden brown.
- Remove the bread from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for a bit. Its tastes really good while it is still warm.
- Shape the dough as you like, into a log shape, buns or as a loaf.
- Use any tray or tin you like, square, round, loaf tin etc.
- To knead the dough use the heel of your palm, fold and repeat.
- Add herbs of your choice.
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March 7, 2014 at 10:34 am
like the filling… perfect bread…
August 1, 2021 at 12:51 pm
These olive and feta cheese stuffed buns look so well made and inviting. Using whole wheat flour is healthy option. These days I also am avoiding APF as much as possible. My hubby is going to love these as he is a great fan of olives.
August 2, 2021 at 10:24 pm
Thank you so much Shobha.
Bless my food by Payal
August 2, 2021 at 9:05 am
I have home grown basil and always used to think how to utilise it in my recipes. Thanks to you who has brought such a unique recipe. This bread is looking such a delicious and I am sure everyone will love it.
August 2, 2021 at 10:22 pm
Thank you Shailender, basil adds a lovely flavour to the overall taste. Try out the recipe.
hem lata srivastava
August 2, 2021 at 1:19 pm
Interesting, I love the taste of feta cheese, these buns looks so delicious basil gives nice aroma perfectly baked I can see the crust of outside.
You are amazing.
August 2, 2021 at 10:21 pm
Thank you so much Hem Lata. I too love feta cheese.
August 3, 2021 at 8:53 am
Loved the flavours of feta olive and basil bread. Can never go wrong!! The texture of the buns is quite commendable. Using of combination of whole and APF is a wise decision. I too try to use a combination of both the flours as much as I can. Since I have never baked buns stuffed with feta, this will be my attempt. Good one!.
August 4, 2021 at 4:02 am
Thank you so much Neha, give it a try am sure your family will love it.
August 4, 2021 at 8:12 am
I love breads with whole wheat flour the addition of feta, olives n basil is definitely mouthwatering. Will love some with soup.
August 4, 2021 at 6:23 pm
Thanks Archana, definitely would go well with soup.
August 4, 2021 at 12:58 pm
As always a classic bake from you . I can only imagine how delicious the flavors of melted cheese and olives with each bite of the bun would be .
August 4, 2021 at 6:23 pm
Thank you Priya, but as such feta does not melt, but you’re right we do get a cheese and olive filling with each bite.
August 4, 2021 at 7:31 pm
This is a lovely bake with feta cheese along with basil in it. Having a freshly baked bread is a joy, would love to try this one.
August 4, 2021 at 9:48 pm
Thank you so much Jayashree and you’re right, having freshly baked bread at home is a delight.
August 5, 2021 at 1:55 am
Feta olive and basil bread is so flavourful and delicious. Love your bakes always. Would love to try baking this bread with whole wheat flour. My boys will surely love it. Will source feta and bake it . It’s been a while since I have baked. Thanks for the inspiration to bake .
August 5, 2021 at 5:23 am
Thank you so much Preethi. Hope you bake them soon and the family enjoy them. Please do share a feedback.
August 5, 2021 at 5:49 pm
For the rainybwetsher here, this feta olive basil bread with some hot spicy tomato soup would be a perfect weekend dinner . I love thr use of olives here
August 7, 2021 at 6:16 pm
Now that is a perfect pairing for the cold weather.
August 5, 2021 at 6:20 pm
I love the combination of feta and olives so I am sure I will love this bread. It looks so delicious and perfect. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe, saving it for trying soon.
August 7, 2021 at 6:16 pm
Thank you so much Vandana. Enjoy when you try out the recipe.
August 6, 2021 at 6:57 am
What a flavorful and delicious looking bread that is. Feta, olives and basil sounds like an amazing combination.
August 7, 2021 at 6:15 pm
It definitely is a delicious combination Pavani. Thank you 🙂
August 6, 2021 at 8:57 pm
Feta and olive stuffed bread looks totally inviting mayuri ji! Made with whole wheat, the texture looks superb! Can imagine the amazing flavor after it is baked!!! wonderful share mayuri ji!
August 7, 2021 at 6:14 pm
Thank you so much Priya.
August 7, 2021 at 12:22 pm
It’s just mid-morning here, dad is making tea downstairs and I want to have these feta, olive basil bread buns to go with. Such an aromatic and delightful bread. Just thinking of my last trip to lake Como Italy 🙂
August 7, 2021 at 6:13 pm
Thank you so much Hayley, what a great idea to have it as a mid morning snack.
August 10, 2021 at 10:47 am
I always love your baked goodies and noticed you try something different than regular ones. The stuffing sound really interesting and as you mentioned we can have it either with soups/salads or carry in lunchbox. i can have it just like that.
August 10, 2021 at 7:05 pm
Thank you so much Amrita. This bread is perfect for any time with any thing. One can also make it into one loaf.
August 13, 2021 at 2:14 am
I love stuffed olive and basil bread. looks yummy and interesting. I agree this goes well with a hearty salad or soup.
August 13, 2021 at 4:02 am
Thank you so much Uma.
August 13, 2021 at 8:12 am
This will be a delightful surprise. Feta is one of my favorite cheese and to have a piece of feta for each bite of the bun will just be perfect. I love the perfect dome of the bun in this recipe.
August 13, 2021 at 9:10 am
Thank you so much Seema. Feta is my favourite too.