Onion and Olive Bread


Created for the Pâté Terrine


  1. Grease and flour the inside of the pâté terrine. The lid is not used for this recipe.
  2. Put the onion and 1 tablespoon of the oil into a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and microwave on full power for 1.5–2 minutes until the onion is soft. Set aside to cool.
  3. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and stir in the pepper and yeast.
  4. Put 375ml of very hot water into a bowl and add the cold milk to give the correct temperature for mixing. Add the remaining oil as well.
  5. Stir the onions and olives into the dry ingredients, then gradually stir in the liquid. The dough should be slightly wet, but not sticky. If it seems too dry, add a little more milk. Turn out the dough onto a well floured surface and knead for 1–2 minutes. Form it into a long roll about the length of the terrine.
  6. Transfer the dough to the dish with any seams or folds tucked underneath. Make a few slashes across the top of the dough. Brush the top with a little olive oil. Cover loosely with cling film and leave for 1.5–2 hours in a warm place to rise.
  7. Bake the bread in the centre of the oven for 35–40 minutes until risen and golden brown.
  8. Leave to cool in the dish for 10 minutes before unmoulding onto a wire rack in order to cool completely.


  • 5 cups (750g) white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 7g packet of active-dry yeast
  • 375ml hot water
  • 125ml milk
  • 60g pitted black olives, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

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Preparation Time : 2 hours
Cooking Time: 40 min
Serving Size: 12