Wednesday bread day: olive-and-herb

May 14, 2008 | By | Comments (2)

Bread_514In continuing the tradition, this week’s bread is another case of recipe piracy. The bakery at Tria Market, an upscale grocery store about half a mile from our offices, makes a very good loaf of sourdough with olives and herbs mixed in. I’m pretty sure the olives are Kalamatas, but I can’t really tell what herbs are in it.

The first time I tried to recreate it a couple months ago, I used dried thyme, oregano, and basil, but I didn’t use enough. I doubled the amounts for my second try, but still the herb flavor wasn’t there.

This week, I think I hit on the secret. I had some leftover olives from a Greek salad I made over the weekend, so I roughly chopped them and then went and picked some thyme from my pot of herbs outside (the basil plant is still in pretty bad shape, so it went untouched). Evidently the key to getting herb flavor in herb breads is to use fresh. It must be something about the leaves getting bruised and releasing their oils during kneading, but the thyme flavor suffuses the whole loaf this time. Plus, I left the olives in bigger pieces, so you get a nice satisfyingly salty and oily bite in every slice. Four out of five stars.

Too bad the bread was overshadowed by the two dozen Krispy Kremes that were brought in for a coworker’s birthday today. Are sourdough doughnuts possible? Am I completely nuts for even thinking this?

COMMENTS

  1. Chocolate Sass

    Yum. Sourdough donuts sound like something out of my dreams!
    P.S. I cannot believe there is anyone who doesn’t like this bread. TASTY!! If u have any leftovers, send my way!!!

    May 16, 2008 at 10:33 am
  2. charlene

    Have you ever had a doughnut from here?
    http://www.doughnutplant.com
    They’re yeasty and resilient and really, really, really delicious, so I vote “yes,” sourdough doughnuts are possible. They could join the breakfast club of sourdough pancakes and waffles.

    May 14, 2008 at 11:39 am

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