Bread Machine Kalamata Olive Bread

Bread Machine Kalamata Olive Bread. Diana Rattray
  • Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 1 Loaf (serves 10)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
163 Calories
6g Fat
25g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 Loaf (serves 10)
Amount per serving
Calories 163
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 610mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 4g
Calcium 48mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Kalamata olive bread recipe makes a large loaf of bread in a bread machine. It is an easy preparation, and the olives make it an excellent bread to serve with a spaghetti dinner. The dried basil adds an additional herbal flavor to the loaf.

If you have a jar of Kalamata olives, you should have plenty of brine. If you are buying your olives from an olive bar at the supermarket, be sure to get brine along with the olives. 

The fragrance of the basil and Kalamata olives make your kitchen smell heavenly while it's baking, and it's absolutely delicious. It is a great alternative to garlic bread to serve with any Italian-inspired meal. You do not need any butter on this bread, it is flavorful enough simply sliced. It is excellent to serve with soups such as minestrone or Tuscan bean soup.


  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup brine from olives
  • 1 cup warm water (enough to make 1 1/2 cups when combined with brine)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 2/3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons basil (dried leaf)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup olives (finely chopped Kalamata, about 2 dozen pitted olives)

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the olive brine in a 2-cup measure; add warm water to make 1 1/2 cups volume.

  2. Put all ingredients except for the olives in the bread machine according to your manufacturer's preferred order.

  3. Choose the basic or wheat setting on your bread machine.

  4. Add olives at the beep indicating time to add mix-in ingredients.

  5. When your loaf is finished baking, slice it and enjoy it by itself, with butter, or with olive oil.

Recipe Tip

  • Bread machines have a preferred order of ingredients, and bread machine recipes are written so you add the ingredients in the listed order. The default order is to add the liquid ingredients first, then the dry ingredients, and finally the yeast. For bread that has mix-in ingredients such as the chopped kalamata olives, your bread machine will signal you for the right time to add them.

Recipe Variations

  • Try a different dried herb, such as rosemary or oregano, or try leaving out the basil.
  • You might see if you like green olives or other varieties rather than Kalamata.