I was inspired to make an olive loaf by this video from Eater . I used the same basic approach as an Italian braid with the exception of the braid preparation. I rolled each braid flat, stuffed it with olives, then pinched it together. I was afraid that the braids would come apart at some point in the process. Luckily, my fears were unfounded. This beautiful loaf was the result. As you can see, the olives stayed near the top. Plenty of bread surrounded them. The result was wonderfully balanced and a great change of pace. Now I just need a good supply of olives to be able to put this on my regular rotation.