Saturday, May 12, 2007

Tomato Bread

This is my favourite bread of all time. It's from The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook and is definitely worth the purchase if you have a bread machine. Many of the recipes in it are not vegan (uses milk and honey, etc.) but they are easy to substitute.

If you don't have a bread machine, you could always just make this the traditional way.

Tomato Bread

1 1/2 Pound Loaf

1 1/4 cups water
3 tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes packed in oil with their oil
2 3/4 cups bread flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tbsp gluten
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp fast acting yeast or 2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

2 Pound Loaf

1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup choped sundried tomatoes packed in oil with their oil
3 2/3 cups bread flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp gluten
2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp fast acting yeast or 2 3/4 tsp bread machine yeast

Throw everything in, set on "basic" cycle, choose your loaf size, crust darkness (medium or dark) and press start.

A few changes I've made many times...

I don't usually have sundried tomatoes packed in oil (just dried) so I just chop up 1/2 cup of sundried tomatoes and then pour olive oil on top so that they are saturated.

Also I put in an entire can of tomato paste for that extra tomato flavour and throw in garlic powder, dried basil and dried oregano into the mix.

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