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Olive Oil Herb Bread Made in the Bread Maker

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This bread maker olive oil herb bread is flavorful and delicious. It is perfect served warm with butter or for savory sandwiches. Made easy in the bread maker!

baked loaf of olive oil herb bread with slices on a cutting board

I remember when I was a little girl, sitting on a high stool at the kitchen counter watching my grandmother make homemade bread. First, there was proofing the yeast, then mixing the ingredients, kneading, rising, punching, kneading again, shaping, and more rising. And finally, the bread baking. Yeah…I don’t have time for that…

Making homemade bread can take a lot of work, time, and effort. Luckily, with the recent resurgence and popularity of home bread makers, we don’t have to! We can make homemade bread in just a few steps, and let the bread machine do all the work!

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baked loaf of olive oil herb bread on a cutting board with pinterest text overlay

Ingredients needed to make bread machine olive oil herb bread

  • water
  • extra virgin olive oil, robust flavor
  • bread flour
  • Italian seasoning blend
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  •  rapid rise yeast (bread machine yeast)
  • You will absolutely need a bread maker/machine for this recipe!
ingredients needed for olive oil bread machine herb bread. Ingredients listed in blog post

The olive oil

Since this is an “olive oil” bread recipe, the flavor of olive oil should be, at the minimum, a subtle undertone. I use robust-flavor extra virgin olive oil. If you are going to use lite-tasing or flavorless olive oil, then you might as well just use any other vegetable oil out there.

robust extra virgin olive oil

Make sure your olive oil is fresh and of the best quality you can afford. Using bad-tasing olive oil isn’t going to improve any by baking in your bread!

The Italian Seasonings

I once had a reader mad at me because I included “Italian Seasonings” as an ingredient. She said that saying “Italian seasonings” was confusing to her because she had no idea which Italian seasonings she should use. It wasn’t really her fault because she didn’t realize that one can just buy a bottle of Italian seasoning blend!

A reader from Italy also complained to me that in Italy they don’t use bottle-blended Italian seasonings, and so I shouldn’t either. Italian seasoning blend seems to be a trigger point for some people…

You can buy an Italian seasoning blend in the grocery store or make your own blend like this homemade Italian Seasoning Mix found on the It’s a Keeper recipe blog.

The Yeast

This recipe was developed using rapid-rise bread machine yeast. You can find it in the grocery store next to the regular active dry yeast. I used to buy the little packets before I realized that different recipes called for different amounts of yeast. Now I buy a small jar and keep it in my fridge for freshness.

How to make Olive Oil Herb Bread in a bread machine

Step 1: Measure the bread flour

leveling off flour

In the USA we typically measure flour by volume. As in this recipe, we measure out three cups of bread flour. Most other parts of the world measure things like flour by weight – which honestly makes more sense.

If you just cram your measuring cup into a bag of flour three times, the flour is going to be compressed and you are *probably* going to end up using much more than if you weigh the flour, resulting in a dense and heavy loaf of bread.

So we could always use a little less, right? But I don’t really know for sure, because I’ve never learned the civilized way to measure flour. So it’s just a guess at this point.

In fact, according to this handy measurement and weight chart by King Arthur Flour, one cup of flour weighs 120 grams. I happen to trust King Arthur Flour and believe it’s a reliable source. So if you are weighing your flour, I think you can safely weigh out 360 grams of bread flour.

For the rest of us who have no clue about such things… My grandmother taught me a trick to “lighten” the flour and (mostly) measure it correctly.

Start by taking a spoon and stirring up the bread flour to lighten it. Then take that same spoon and gently spoon it in your one-cup measuring cup without compressing the flour. Go ahead and spoon the flour over the top of the measuring cup so that you have a nice domed top. Then take a knife or other flat edge and run it quickly over the top, getting rid of the excess flour without smooshing it down. Repeat three times.

Step 2: add the ingredients to the bread machine

Add the ingredients in the order suggested by your bread machine. I use a Cuisinart Bread Maker and it suggests adding the liquids first and then the dry ingredients.

Add the water and olive oil first to the bread maker bread pan. Then add the flour, Italian seasoning mix, sugar, and salt. Make a little “well” in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the rapid-rise yeast.

Step 3: The bread machine settings

For this recipe using my Cuisinart bread machine, I set my machine to “white bread”, medium darkness, and to a one-and-a-half pound loaf. It sets the timer for three hours and twenty-five minutes. Then I press go and walk away!

setting on bread machince

Serving Suggestions for Olive Oil Bread Machine Bread

Make sure you read your manufacturers’ directions and understand how and when to remove the bread pan from your bread maker without burning yourself.

Then, if you didn’t already remove the paddle before baking (some bread machines allow for that…and some people remember to do it), then remove the paddle before slicing and serving. This usually means digging it out from the bottom of the baked loaf.

digging out the paddle from a loaf of bread machine bread

This olive oil bread makes ten half-slice servings. My favorite way to enjoy this delicious baked bread recipe is to serve warm with a slathering of vegan butter on top. My Easy Fresh Basil Garlic Butter is an excellent choice to spread and serve!

two slices of olive oil herb bread spread with basil garlic butter
This homemade baked bread cuts easier once it’s cooled. You can slice it into sandwich bread and make a savory sandwich. Here I am enjoying vegan cheese slices and vegan deli meat in my sandwich made with this savory herb bread.
holding a sandwich made with olive oil herb bread. vegan cheese and vegan deli meat

For some more delicious vegan bread recipes from Veggie Fun Kitchen, try

The printable recipe card for Bread Machine Olive Oil Herb Bread

baked loaf of olive oil herb bread on a cutting board

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baked loaf of olive oil herb bread on a cutting board

Olive Oil Herb Bread Made in the Bread Machine

This bread maker olive oil herb bread is flavorful and delicious. It is perfect served warm with butter or for savory sandwiches. Made easy in the bread maker!
5 from 32 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Keyword: bread machine bread, herb bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey

Equipment

  • bread machine

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water very hot see notes
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil robust
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoons rapid rise yeast

Instructions

  • Place the ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed. Please see the notes below for the hot water temperature suggestion.
  • Select white bread, medium crust, and loaf.
  • Select start

Notes

It is best to use hot water for this recipe. BUT NOT TOO HOT! The hot water from my tap runs anywhere from 120-125 degrees and that is just about right. You do not want your water to be above 130 degrees. Use a thermometer if you are not sure.
A serving size is a one-half slice for this recipe. These are very thick slices and you might not slice yours so thickly. If you get more than five slices from this loaf then adjust nutritional information accordingly. 
I used the Cuisinart Bread Maker for this recipe. Outcomes might be different using another machine. 
I have modified this recipe to reflect two Tablespoons of sugar rather than the original three Tablespoons. This was because of a reader’s comment and suggestion. I did a little test and she was right! I always listen to my readers and work hard to bring you the best recipes at Veggie Fun Kitchen:)

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5slice | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
By on February 25th, 2022

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9 thoughts on “Olive Oil Herb Bread Made in the Bread Maker”

  1. I recently received the same bread maker you have as a gift. I made pizza dough in it but this recipe is the first one I tried actually baking. It turned out perfectly cooked, I was very impressed! I do think it’s a little sweet. Would reducing the sugar make a huge difference in the recipe?

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    • Hi! I have honestly not tried this with honey or another liquid sweetener before. I don’t know when/if you made it but I recently changed the amount of sugar used from 3 T to 2T. It’s just better with a little less sweetener.
      I’m going to refer you to this article (below) I found about substituting honey for sugar in baking. It suggests using 3/4 the amount because honey is sweeter. In that case, I’d use 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons of honey instead of 2 T sugar. Again, I’ve not tried it so no promises. If you do decide to give it a try then please let me know how it turned out. Cindy https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/blog/2017/08/18/baking-with-liquid-sweeteners

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  2. 5 stars
    Made this bread on a cold night with a vegan bean chili and it was a wonderful hearty meal. Bread worked perfectly in my bread machine and it smelled so good and tasted absolutely delicious. Hubby and son loved it too!

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