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Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint Bread

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Are you looking for savory bread with cheese and olives? Then try this super addictive cheesy bread, with a crisp crust and soft texture Cypriot Halloumi bread. Loaded with flavors from Halloumi cheese, olives, mint, and onion, you will be asking for more.

What is Halloumi Cheese

Top view of Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint half bread. Seen in the background are some flowers.
Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint Bread

Halloumi or haloumi is the cheese for which Cyprus is famous. It is a cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk. The cheese is very salty and its texture is squeaky. It is a cheese which you may like or you may not.

This cheese can be fried or grilled and I first tasted this cheese as grilled. I did not like it at the first go, but developed a taste later on. Though I cannot eat this one much, I like this as an addition to a few recipes.

I visited Cyprus last year on a short trip and tasted this bread. I loved it and as a food blogger would do. I finally tried to make this recipe. I would say this is something similar to a focaccia, but here the ingredients are mixed along the bread instead of just as a topping. It is also called Hellemi Bitta.

Texture of Cypriot Halloumi Bread held in a hand.
Cypriot Halloumi Bread_
Top view of Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint half bread. Seen in the background are some flowers.
Cypriot Halloumi Cheese Bread
Texture of Cypriot Halloumi Bread held in a plate.
Cypriot Halloumi Bread_
Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint half bread in a pan.
Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint Bread
Top view of Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint half bread. Seen in the background are some flowers.

Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint Bread

Super addictive cheesy savory bread, with a crisp crust and soft texture Cypriot Halloumi bread or Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint Bread.
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Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Bread, Eggless Bakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 3 hours
Servings: 9 inch square
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Equipment

Ingredients

Bread Dough

  • 550 grams all-purpose flour/Plain Flour
  • 330 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 grams yeast
  • Flour
  • Water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  • 150 ​​grams Halloumi Cheese diced
  • 100 grams Cheddar/Mozarella cheese Optional
  • 120 grams olives pitted and chopped (I have used green, typically black is used)
  • 1 small -½ cup onion – finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of spring onion sliced
  • 150 grams yogurt
  • 100 ml olive oil plus extra for greasing
  • 2 tablespoons of dried mint
  • 2 tablespoons nigella/onion seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil for greasing the pan.

Instructions

Making of dough

    Proofing yeast

    • In a bowl, add lukewarm water and sugar and mix.
    • Add yeast and mix.
    • Let it sit for 10 minutes until the yeast activates.

    Making Dough

    • Once the yeast is activated, in a large bowl add the flour and salt.
    • Add the yeast mixture and mix everything.
    • If your yeast mixture has not bloomed properly the yeast is dead and you would need to work with new yeast. At times even before the expiry date, it is dead. So always bloom the yeast and check before adding in the dough.
    • Now in a wide bowl or your stand mixer add the sifted flour
    • Add in the bloomed yeast mixture and give everything a mix.
    • If you are kneading it with your hand, take the dough mix to a clean kitchen working area.
    • Knead this for a good 5-10 minutes until the dough comes in together.
    • If using a stand mixer just knead the dough using the kneading hook slowly
    • First on slow speed until the dough is well incorporated and then on high speed for around 5 minutes.
    • Knead the dough until you form an elastic dough. If you form a dent the dough should spring back in a few seconds.
    • For stand mixer follow the same, by kneading on medium speed until the dough is elastic.
    • Now form a rough ball from the dough.
    • Grease the bowl of a stand mixer or a wide bowl.
    • Keep the bowl covered in a warm kitchen location. One can even keep the bowl in the oven/microwave with oven/microwave switched off and oven door closed.
    • Let the dough rest for 75-90 minutes until double.

    Preparing the ingredients.

    • Chop the onions and green onions.
    • Crumble or chop the Halloumi cheese.
    • Pit the olives and chop them into small pieces.
    • Preparing the dough
    • Once the dough has doubled in size deflate it a bit.
    • Now add the chopped onions, green onions, halloumi cheese, cheedar/mozarella cheese if using.
    • Add yogurt, olive oil, and mint.
    • Add 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and a tablespoon of nigella seeds.
    • Gently incorporate everything in the dough.
    • Do not overmix.

    Shaping and preparing the bread for baking.

    • Grease the bread pan of your choice, with a little oil.
    • Add the mixed bread dough into the pan.
    • Top it with the remaining sesame seeds and nigella seeds.
    • Cover and let it rest for 60-70 minutes.

    Baking Bread

    • Preheat the oven to 200 Deg Celcius / 392 Deg Fahrenheit without fan.
    • Bake in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
    • The bread is done when you insert a knife and it comes out clean that is no dough sticking. If you have dough sticking bake it further for 5-10 minutes checking every 5 minutes.
    • You might see some liquid down from the cheese and the veggies, but the bread is baked if there is no dough sticking.
    • Once baked, let it rest in the bread pan for at least 5-10 minutes.
    • Once done enjoy it warm. You can either let it cool and slice, or enjoy it warm.
    • For me, it was more like a tear and share bread, as I enjoyed it warm.

    Notes

    • Standard US Cup size used. 
    • Flour weight can be slightly up and down depending on the flour used. 
    • Toppings of your choice can be used. 
    • Cheese can be added a little more up to 200 grams, I kept it low as it is very salty.
    • Do keep on checking the bread after 40-45 minutes.
    • Oven temperatures are different.
    • Changing the pan size will change the baking temperature. 
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    Nutrition Facts
    Halloumi Cheese, Olive, and Mint Bread
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 481 Calories from Fat 216
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 24g37%
    Saturated Fat 7g44%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
    Monounsaturated Fat 12g
    Cholesterol 13mg4%
    Sodium 495mg22%
    Potassium 161mg5%
    Carbohydrates 52g17%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 14g28%
    Vitamin A 249IU5%
    Vitamin C 2mg2%
    Calcium 298mg30%
    Iron 4mg22%
    * I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.
    Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.

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    Kelly

    Wednesday 10th of January 2024

    Wow, so much flavor! I have made Cypriot flaounes, but this seems much more universally appealing for flavor profile. Not to mention looking amazing!

    Radha

    Wednesday 10th of January 2024

    This is yum! I love the flavor profile of this bread and sounds so delicious that it is hard to stop eating this.

    Swathi

    Tuesday 9th of January 2024

    Halloumi is my favorite cheese, I like that you added olives and mint together. This one of the great bread. I need to try this.

    Wendy

    Tuesday 9th of January 2024

    It looks scrumptious Renu and the bread looks very light and airy.

    Karen @karenskitchenstories

    Tuesday 9th of January 2024

    That bread sounds amazing and the crust is gorgeous! I love the combination of ingredients.