Olive Bread – Paillasse style

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with this paillasse style bread, but ever since I’ve discovered it here in a local bakery and I simply fell in love with it since then. This olive bread has an amazing crispy crust and an airy moist interior bursting with olive flavor. What can I say, if you like bread this one is simply delicious, by far one of the best breads we’ve ever done.


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Olive Bread - Paillasse style

Olive Bread - Paillasse style

5 from 1 vote
This olive bread has an amazing crunchy crust and an airy moist interior bursting with olive flavor. It is by far one of the best breads we've ever done.
Servings 2 servings
Prep Time 15 hours 18 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 18 hours 40 minutes


  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup black olives chopped
  • 350 ml cold water
  • 1/2 tsp salt (only if the olives are not too salty)
  • 10 g fresh yeast (1 tsp active dry yeast )


  • In a large bowl, mix flour with salt and chopped olives. Dissolve the fresh yeast in water and add to the flour mixture. Mix everything together until results a moist dough. Cover it and let it sit for about 14-18 hrs at room temperature, to let the yeast develop. I let it overnight.
  • After the hrs passed, sprinkle a towel with flour and corn meal and lay the dough and fold it a few times. Cover the dough with the rest of the towel and let the dough rise for another 2 hrs. 
  • Preheat the oven to 250C (475-500F) 30 minutes before baking. Divide the dough into 2 pieces.  Give each piece of dough 2-3 twists. Put them into a baking tray and let them sit until the oven is hot. 
  • Put an empty baking pot in the oven ten minutes before baking. As you put the baking tray in the oven, add a cup of hot water in the empty pot, in this way  it will instantly boil and create steam.  Bake for about 25-30 minutes. When ready let the bread cool on a rack for at least an hour before cutting it.


Serving: 1gCalories: 775kcalCarbohydrates: 149.2gProtein: 21.9gFat: 9.2gSaturated Fat: 1.3gSugar: 0.5g
Calories: 775kcal
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Swiss
Keyword: bread recipes, homemade bread, olive bread, paillasse bread, yeast bread

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  1. TONYK Author says:

    fresh yeast is just about unavailable in most areas of the us except for very large cities and i do not live in one of those — what is the substitution if using instant yeast — thanks —


    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      For this recipe 1 tsp if instant yeast would be enough. Let me know when you try this recipe how it worked. Enjoy!!

  2. Elie Author says:

    So, no kneading in that recipe? Also, how long and how large should the 2 pieces be when they’re ready to go in the oven? I feel that, my dough didn’t rise so much… I didn’t have fresh yeast, so I used 1 tsp as you recommended in the previous comment.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      No kneading, just let it rise overnight. The 2 pieces of bread are not too long  (around 12 inch (30 cm)) as they both enter into a 12 x 16 inch  (30 X 40 cm) baking sheet. They will rise in the oven as well. How did they turned for you 🙂

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