If you have a lovely local Italian Deli where they bake their own and you can buy it warm and soft – Buy it and support them! If however you don’t…………….or it’s a Sunday & they’re closed and if overpriced, flabby, supermarket pap is your only alternative – Bake it yourself! It’s easy and delicious with that wonderful feeling – I made this! All it takes is a little time.
Don’t ever make the mistake of using anything other than the best ingredients you can find. This doesn’t mean paying the earth. Sometimes it just means getting up off your backside and going to a market or finding a good deli. Balzano’s Deli in Cambridge for instance has wonderful Sun-blushed tomatoes and lovely Olives, and Seafood, and Prosciutto, and, and, and…………..
Ingredients for 1. ‘Course while you’re at it you could make two or three………
12 oz [350 g] Good quality strong white bread flour; 1/2 tsp sea salt; 1 tsp thyme; 2 tbsp good Olive Oil; 200 ml warm water; 1 tsp yeast. 4/5 pitted & halved black olives; 6 sun-dried or sun-blushed tomatoes [a wonderful treat if you can find them locally.]
Mix the flour, salt & thyme well together in a large mixing bowl. Crumb the oil into the mix. Stir the yeast into the warm water and mix that in too. Knead it together, not too vigorously, then cover the bowl and leave in a warm place for 2 hours.
Turn on to a floured surface, lightly knead again, then flatten and spread to an oval shape and put onto a oiled baking sheet. No thinner than 1/2 “. Arrange your olives and tomatoes on the surface, and leave in that warm place for 45 mins to rise further. When risen indent all over with your fingers [my favourite bit!] and drizzle a little Olive Oil and sprinkle a little salt. Pre-heat the oven to 180 [170 if a fan oven] and bake for 35/40 mins. It’s done when golden-brown and slightly hollow sounding when tapped on the bottom. A bit like me really………………………..
Serve with a Green Salad and/or Antipasti.