Rustic Olive and Thyme Bread

May 27, 2011

Olives + Bread = Mmmmm. Add some fresh thyme and it’s Mmmmm squared. That’s today’s math lesson.

Years ago, olive bread was something that I bought from a fancy bakery as a special treat. Now I’m making it in my own kitchen, which is an even bigger treat! This recipe, from The Art and Soul of Baking, is one of my favorites, in part because my husband enjoys it so much.

I’m so happy to own a copy of this book, but if you want to do a trial run first, you can find the recipe here on Google Books. If you want to see the other recipes I’ve made from this book, you can look here.

Keep on baking! If you have extra thyme, make some Herbed Fougasse. If you have extra olives, give Provençal Olive Fougasse a try (that post also includes an olive shopping tip).


  1. The Art and Soul of Baking is one of my favorite books too! I don’t bake from it nearly enough but the things I have tried have been great. Your breads look perfect!

  2. This bread looks gorgeous! I’m bookmarking it to give it a try.

  3. I am so lazy at baking, but I love home-made bread, so much superior than supermarket bought. I think a resolution is in order.

  4. This bread looks fabulous Jill – and nothing beats the smell of fresh baked bread.

  5. Your bread is truly gorgeous! I will definitely have to try that recipe. And of course, the fougasse!

  6. Your bread is absolutely perfect-I’m so envious!

  7. Bread! Olives!! Oh, yeah!!!

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