Homemade Olive Bread Rolls

These Homemade Olive Bread Rolls, are easy to make, bursting with flavour and delicious.

Somedays all a lady needs is baked bread.  Now who doesn’t love freshly baked bread!  This recipe is my go to recipe, for a no-fuss, small batch, easy to handle yeast dough recipe, that I return to most often.  One of my family favourite version, using this yeast dough recipe, is making these Olive Bread Rolls.

Looking for an easy yeast dough recipe?  Then this here is the one for you too.  It’s perfect for beginners, as you get used to handling and working with yeast doughs.  But hey, that doesn’t mean it can’t be used by old kitchen hands too.  The smaller batch makes for easier and quicker bakes.

These Olive Bread Rolls turn out soft and fluffy on the inside, with a little crisp on top.  The addition of olives adds a flavourful depth to this rustic rolls.  I tend to make them into mini versions, for a little side dinner roll or to accompany a soup.  This batch size is perfect for that.

Habibi and I recently holidayed in Europe, and whilst in Italy we were amazed at all the olive trees we saw along the way.  Most especially in the Tuscan region of Italy, be it driving down the coastal regions or further into the countryside.  Olive trees in some places seemed to be growing wild.  How fortunate must they be when it’s harvest time.  I think the olives I ate in italy, has been some of the best I’ve ever had.  YUMMMM, I’m drooling at just the thought of them as I type this blog post.

Olive Tree in Italy

Did you know : Italy is currently placed  2nd on the list of  countries with the most olive productions.  Incredible.

Being Muslim, Olive also plays a huge part in our lives.  Facts about olives having being passed down generations, and learnt at Islamic Madressas.

Did You Know: Olive and Olive trees have been mentioned in the Quran and Hadith.  Olives, among a few others, are said to be a fruit/food from heaven.  There are numerous health benefits for the body, skin, hair, are just few I mention, that have been attributed to the use of olive or olive oil.  So that is more the reason I would be adding olives to our diet, even if it’s added to bread.

If this has you intrigued enough, then head over and check out this VIDEO (a step by step tutorial) on how to go about making this olive bread rolls.  You can also find the fully written version of the recipe below, for you to save/share.  I look forward to hearing your feedbacks, either in comments below or via any of my social media platforms.

Homemade Olive Bread Rolls, ready to be Enjoyed!

Now, Let’s get those Kneading fingers at the ready…

and Goooo, Bake some Olive Bread Rolls!

Love Marriam

Homemade Olive Bread rolls

Foodeva Marsay (@foodeva_marsay)
These Homemade Olive Bread Rolls, are easy to make, bursting with flavour and delicious.
Course Bread and Rolls, Side Dish


  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour Or Bread Flour/wholewheat Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Instant Yeast
  • Cup Vegetable Oil
  • +/- 1 Cup Warm Milk
  • ¼ - ⅓ Cup Olives, Chopped Approx. 12 Black or Green Olives
  • ½ Teaspoon Nigella Seeds (Kulonji Seeds) Optional

Extra Ingredients needed

  • Flour for Dusting
  • Vegetable Oil for greasing bowl and hands


  • Preheat Oven to 180℃ - 190 ℃ .
  • Make a Soft dough with all Ingredients, except the olives and nigella seeds
  • Grease bowl with a little oi and place dough into it. Add a drizzle of oil to top of dough, spread evenly and cover with cling film. ensure the cling film touches the top of the dough.
  • Cover the bowl and all the dough to rest, in a warm spot, for 1 hour, until risen.
  • After 1 hour, and the dough has risen, add in the chopped olives and nigella seeds. Lightly grease your hands with oil to help with incorporating the olives and seeds into the dough.
  • The dough is ready to be shaped. Here small round rolls were made, and placed in a round baking tin, for pulling apart when done.
  • Brush the tops of roll with water, sprinkle on Nigella seeds and a dusting of sifted flour.
  • Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes, on middle rack, and place a few ice cubes at the bottom of oven to help create steam that helps with crispy crust formation.
  • Remove from oven when done, and place a clean kitchen towel over the baked rolls for 1-2 minutes, then remove it and place rolls onto cooling rack.
  • Homemade Olive Bread Rolls are ready for you to ENJOY!


Notes By Foodeva Marsay
~ This Recipe can be easily Doubled for a bigger batch.
~ You may use a food processor, if you wish, instead of your hands.
~ The olives may be added when making up the dough, before letting it rise, if you feel comfortable with that way.
~ The Nigella Seeds (kulonji seeds are optional, you may omit or add any other seeds, this also applies for sprinkling on top of rolls before baking.
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You can follow this step by step tutorial video, on how to make this Homemade Olive Bread Rolls > https://youtu.be/Yzs5_GglHEM
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