I’ve always had a passion for baking and a few months ago I decided to try my hand at baking bread and from my experience, you do not need to be a professional baker to start baking. It’s extremely easy and requires few ingredients plus it’s fun to make and the final result is a fresh homemade bread.
A bread dough is very versatile and fresh ingredients such as herbs, spices, olives, cheese etc., can be added to create different breads. My favorite bread to bake is a Moroccan Olive & Thyme Bread. For me, thyme & olive compliment each other but if you’re not a fan of the herb feel free to substitute it with a favorite herb of your liking or just skip the herb. The image below is my first try at baking a Moroccan Olive & Thyme Bread. The bread is soft, delicious in taste and goes well with cream or feta cheese.
Moroccan Olive & Thyme Bread Knots Recipe:
1 1/2 cups of flour (plain flour or bread flour)
3/4 cup of warm water
1/2 cup of black olives cut into small pieces
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoons of thyme
1/2 tablespoon of dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
Activate dry yeast with sugar and warm water and let the yeast mixture rest for 5 minutes.
Tip: The yeast is active if the mixture expands and bubbles up.
Next, add the olive oil, thyme, herbs and salt to the yeast mixture.
Gradually add the flour to the mixture until the flour is completely absorbed and finally fold the olives into the dough.
Cover the dough and let it rest in a warm place until it doubles in size.