Tapenade Cream Cheese Swirls



  1. Mix dry ingredients together, until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add water and stir until all ingredients are incorporated into a loose dough.
  3. Loosely cover and let rise for 2 hours.
  4. Place dough in fridge for a minimum of 2-3 hours, but preferably overnight.  Can stay in the fridge up to 10 days.

NOTE: The dough is easier to handle when cold (use warm at your own risk).  The longer it sits in the fridge, the more complex its flavor will be.


  1. Brush a cast iron skillet (or pie pan) with olive oil.  Chicken fat or bacon grease both work well too!
  2. Warm the cream cheese to aid in spreading.  Approx. 30 sec in a microwave should work.
  3. Remove dough from the fridge and place on a lightly floured surface.
  4. Roll dough into a 12” x 15” (approx.) rectangle.
  5. Evenly cover the dough with the cream cheese.
  6. Spread the tapenade into a thin layer over the cream cheese.
  7. Roll the dough together (long ways), jelly roll style.
  8. Cut the dough into 9 pieces (approx. 1.5” thick).
  9. Arrange the pieces, cut side up, in the cast iron skillet.  
  10. Set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  11. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until top of swirl is a nice golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  14. Remove swirls from pan and place on a rack to finish cooling.​​

​Serve and enjoy!

** This dough recipe is loosely based on the the Master Recipe from New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

These swirls have everything all together.  Great for parties, brunches, or anywhere that you need a flavorful appetizer, but don't want to mess with utensils.


      1 ½ c             Flour, all purpose
      ½ c + 2 T       Flour, whole wheat  (can substitute all-purpose flour)
       ½ T               Yeast
       ½ T               Salt
       ½ T               Chia seeds  **optional**
       1 c                Water, slightly warm

8 oz.       Cream Cheese
¼ c          Spread-mmms Beldi Olive Tapenade​

Arrestingly Delicious Olive Tapenade