Olive Bread Balls

Olive Bread Balls
  • olive bread balls, greek eliopitta, vegan recipe by itsaplantbasedlife.com

A Greek-cypriot Classic that everyone grows up with here; the Olive Pie (eliopitta) or Olive Bread. One of my favourite bakery options, here is how to make it at home. These are easily freezable so i always have an option in the freezer for days when breakfast needs to be a grab-n-go or when i have unexpected guests. I prefer making these with half wholemeal flour and half white flour since otherwise they can turn out a bit dense. I would advise you read the whole post Here since there are photos to guide with the folding process

  • Prep Time: 1h
  • Cook Time: 22m
  • Total Time: 1h 22m


  • 1 c orange juice (room temp.) - φλτ. χυμό πορτοκαλιού
  • 1 x 7g sachet dry instant yeast - 7γρ μαγιά σε σκόνη
  • 1 c virgin olive oil * - φλτ. ελαιόλαδο *
  • 4 tbsp. water - νερό
  • 650 g plain flour ** - αλεύρι γενικής χρήσης **
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt - αλάτι
  • 1/2 c sliced spring onions - 1/2φλτ. φρέσκο κρεμμυδάκι
  • 3/4 c black greek olives, half of them pitted & sliced others kept whole - 3/4φλτ. μαύρες ελιές
  • 1/2 c fresh dill (include stalks) - 1/2φλτ. φρέσκο άνιθο
  • 1/2 c fresh coriander (or parsley) - φρέσκο κόλιανδρο
  • 1 tbsp. dried spearmint (optional) - 1κ.σ. αποξηραμένο δυόσμο

* I used half a cup olive oil and half a cup vegetable oil

    **I used half whole-meal flour and half all-purpose white flour


      1. In a large deep bowl, sift your flour, baking powder & salt. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Make a hole/well in the middle & set aside
      2. Make sure your orange juice is lukewarm or room temperature by heating it up if necessary. Put juice in a small bowl & Sprinkle the yeast on top. Set aside
      3. While waiting for the yeast to "puff up",roughly chop the fresh herbs and half of the olives. Set aside
      4. By now the juice mixture should have puffed up. Put this in the hole/well you made in the flour bowl. To the same "well" add 4tbsp water and the oil. Start mixing with your hands, drawing the flour in towards the liquid.
      5. Eventually it should start to come together like a bread dough. If its too dry add a bit more water!
      6. Flatten this dough out with a rolling pin, so its shaped like a orthogonal square and put all the herbs and olives on it [see pic] Start folding the dough into the toppings so that they're all mixed up.
      7. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Tear off a "ball" slightly smaller than the palm of your hand, and place on the baking tray. Keep doing this till dough is used up, but make sure you leave space in between each dough ball (cos they will expand). If any toppings are sticking out too much, poke them back into the dough.
      8. Cover with a towel and leave in a warmish place to rise for 45mins-1hour. Pre-heat your oven to 195C
      9. When time is up and they have risen, place in oven. When ready, they sound a little hollow when tapping and are golden on the edges; between 20-25 mins.
      10. Keep them in fridge (if its hot outside) and warm up when its time to eat You can freeze these too!

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