This is the easiest bread, all you do it mix, rest and bake- woo hoo! I am super excited about this bread because it came out perfect! Fortunately my work is close to home so I can go home on my lunches when I want so I whipped this up on my lunch break and when I came home I had such a wonderful surprise on my counter..beautiful bread dough that had puffed up. I even deflated the puffy cloud of goodness and went to workout for about an hour and when I came back the dough got even more puffy! When this happens I know I did a good job letting the yeast incorporate in the mixture and do it’s ‘thing’.
I spent some time trying to learn how yeast works and failed several times. I tried making homemade cinnamon rolls for us on New Years morning and that was a fail. They still tasted good but the dough just wasn’t the fluffy and puffy dough that I was hoping for. I also tried making a basic Italian Sesame bread and the first time was awful- the dough was lumpy and needed a lot of work. That dough didn’t even rise at all so naturally I just tossed it right in the trash. The second time around, I was really patient and left the dough to mix on my kitchen aid mixer for a good 10-12 minutes. Basically until it was smooth and the dough was soft and a bit warm. When I went to take the dough off the dough hook, it came off so smoothly I had really high hopes this time. I left it to rise for a few hours and when I checked on it, the dough was just right! I even made a cute braid out of it and it came out so perf.
Anyways, the point I’m trying to make is bread isn’t all that difficult to make from s-c-r-a-t-c-h like ya’ll think. If I can do this on my lunch break- you can do it too! At least give it a try. Also I’m addicted to olive bread and I can’t wait to make this recipe again. Next time around I am considering adding more olives because I can’t get enough of them!