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How This Easy Olive Quick Bread Powered Merrill Through College

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As Food52 gets older (and wiser), and our archive of recipes grows, we’re making the effort to revisit some gold recipes. Today, meet speedy quick bread flavored with salty olives and fragrant rosemary.


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As most college students will tell you, juggling the demands of studying with cooking can be overwhelming. And, sure, if you live on campus, a meal plan is usually an option. But once you move out of the dorms, cooking can easily become microwaving noodles and scarfing down PB&Js.

When Food52 co-founder Merrill Stubbs moved off campus her senior year of college, her mother passed along a copy of Joy of Cooking to help navigate the kitchen.

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“And thus began my first official foray into the kitchen,” she says. “I often found myself drawn to the Quick Breads section—especially when there was an exam to study for or a final paper to write.”

Her favorite was this tender, savory loaf flecked with salty olives and bright rosemary. The batter comes together in just minutes (a great excuse for a study break) while it bakes for about 45 minutes (time to get back to the books). If you want a really golden loaf, leave it in for an extra 10 minutes.

Once cooled, dip slices into olive oil for the perfect study snack.

Mediterranean Olive Bread

Mediterranean Olive Bread

Merrill Stubbs Merrill Stubbs
Serves 8
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted imported olives (I used Kalamata)
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Did you have a favorite study-break recipe in college? Do you still make it?

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Tags: Snack, Quick and Easy, Amanda & Merrill