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      RECIPE TITLE "Mediterranean Olive Bread Recipe"
    Source: Cooking at a Glance - Breads & Muffins, courtesy of Cooking.com

    yieldsMakes 2 oval loaves (16 servings each)
    time--- difficultyeasy

    Nutrition Facts: Facts per Serving
    Calories: 98 Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 15g
    Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 114mg Protein: 3g
    Fiber: 1g % Cal. from Fat: 28% % Cal. from Carbs: 61%

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    3-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 package active dry yeast
    1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
    1 1/2 cups warm water (120 to 130 degrees)
    3 tablespoons oil">olive oil or cooking oil
    2 teaspoons brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
    1 cup chopped pitted ripe olives">olives
    1 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 ounces)
    1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
    1 egg yolk
    1 tablespoon water
    1 teaspoon coarse salt (optional)

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      RECIPE METHOD

    In a medium mixing bowl combine 2 cups of the all-purpose flour, the yeast, and thyme. Combine warm water, oil, brown sugar, and salt; add to flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in whole-wheat flour, olives, cheese, 1/2 cup wheat germ, and as much of the remaining all-purpose flour as you can.

    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining all-purpose flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double (1 1/4-1 1/2 hours).

    Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Shape each half of dough into a 10x3-inch oval. Place on the baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place till nearly double (45-60 minutes).

    With a very sharp knife or single-edge razor blade, cut a lengthwise slit about 1/4-inch deep on either side of the center of each loaf. Combine egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water; brush onto dough. Sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired.

    Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, or till the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan; cool on racks.

    Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.


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