Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tomato, Basil and Cheese Loaf

Fresh tomato and basil bread sounds lovely to me! I havent tried tomatoes in my bread before and that was when i saw it in Kitchen Flavours  blog.  Do hop over to her blog, she has nice surprises there which i'm sure will delight you and if you like curry, especially indian curry, you wouldnt want to miss that! The original recipes comes with the instructions using a breadmaker machine but i did that with a mixer, so there is a slight change in the recipe. If you prefer to do that in a breadmaker machine, you can always refer back to her blog. A little cooking is required here where we have to saute the onions and the tomatoes first  but it's really no hassle. I added some grated cheddar cheese here for extra flavour.But i did have some difficulty handling the dough after mixing in the tomatoes and the cheese, the dough was very wet and i needed to flour my palms from time to time. I couldnt really shape the dough becos of that..i just dumped the whole dough into my bread loaf. Thanks to the hot weather here, the loaf proofed well and filled up the entire pan!

Recipe ( taken from Kitchen Flavours with some changes )
15ml/ 1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 plum tomatoes, about 200gm/7 oz, peeled, seeded and chopped
500gm/1lb 2 oz/4 1/2 cups unbleached white bread flour
2.5ml/1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper ( i skipped this )
7.5ml/1.5tsp salt
10ml/2 tsp granulated sugar
5ml/1tsp easy blend dried yeast
15ml/1tbsp chopped fresh basil
20ml tomato concentrated juice
40 gm grated cheddar cheese

For the Glaze:
1 egg yolk
15ml/1tbsp water

1. Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan. Add the chopped onion and fry over moderate heat for 3-4 minutes, until the onions are light golden in colour.
2.Add the plum tomatoes anc cook for 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened. Drain through a sieve placed over a measuring jug or bowl, pressing the mixture gently with the back of a spoon to extract the juices.
3.Set the tomato and onion mixture aside. Add the cooking juices and the tomato juice and make this up to 280ml/10fl oz/1 1/4 cup with water.Set aside.
4. In a mixer bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar and yeast . Slowly pour in the liquid and beat till dough is smooth. Remove and let it proof till double its size. Lightly oil a 23cmx13cm/9"x5" loaf tin.
5. Knead in the tomatoes, onions, grated cheese and the chopped fresh basil. You  may need to add a little flour if the dough becomes too moist when you have incorporated the vegetable mixture.
6.Flatten the dough and shape it into a 2.5cm/1" thick rectangle. Fold the sides to the middle and press down the edge to seal. Make a hollow along the centre and fold in half again. Gently roll into a loaf about 40cm/16inches long. Shape into a "S" shape and place in the prepared tin. ( i couldnt manage this step, i just put the dough into the loaf tin. )
7.Cover with cling wrap and leave in a warm place to rise for 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
8. Make the glaze by mixing the egg yolk and water together. Remove the clingwrap and brush the glaze over the bread. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40minutes or until golden.

Here, i would also like to thank Alice from iloveicookibake and Nancy from Bake for a Queen for sharing with me the lovely award ..

and also Jay from Tasty Appetite for this award..


  1. Lena, you are so skillful with your bread making. This loaf looks so yummy.

  2. i'm seriously impress with your bread Lena! too beautiful for words and the texture as well!

  3. Lena, your bread looks so soft and delicious! Love it that you added in the cheese as well! A perfectly baked bread! Great job, Lena!
    Thank you for the mention and your lovely works, you are a dear! :)

  4. What a flavourful savoury bread. Yummy!

  5. you're making me hungy! the bread look so soft, fluffy and delicious! (: (:

  6. Lena..this is so good and you are now becoming a good baker. Love the basil and tomato in the healthy :) Soon you will be just like me crazy over bread making :)

  7. This such a lovely loaf Lena. Do you think I can used sun dried tomatoes for this instead of fresh ones? Have been thinking of making one.... ;)

  8. Your loaf looks so white and soft inside!!! Wow...

  9. Hi Lena,
    Your loaf of bread is so soft, looks delicious. Good Job.

  10. wow...your loaf is so tempting too!

  11. awwwwww....the loaf is really delicious! And, healthy too!

  12. YUM!! i have never attempted a savoury bread before, much less adding sauteed onions and tomato. Your bread looks so wonderful though. I bet it tastes super delicious!

  13. Hi Lena, I have never seen this before....nor heard of it.
    You sure have mastered the art of bread baking.
    The texture looks simply beautiful, and the brown, gold colours really tempting.
    Lena....ladies like you don't grow on trees, ha ha.
    Have a nice weekend.

  14. Oh Lena, I want this for my breakfast :) Sounds so good with onion and tomato in it :)

  15. I like the way you add the herbs and tomatoes into your bread...looks delicious!

  16. hey, interesting, can add tomato....never tried that before!

  17. i can eat this bread plain without anything else as it already has all the goodies infused into it :)

  18. I can almost smell the fragrance of that bread... The basil must add a heavenly aroma to it, and the tomatoes lots of umami... to bread! :)

  19. Ya, I also want to have this for breakfast tomorrow.

  20. Looks really soft. Yummy! I'm sure it's perfect for a ham sandwich! :)

  21. zoe, thanks but i'm not as skillful as you think!

    wow jess, i'm flattered by your comments!

    hi joyce: u're welcome, thanks for sharing the recipe but aarh, couldnt manage to get the"s shape, i wodner what difference does it make to the loaf..

    hi vivian: if you like savoury bread, then maybe you can also give this a try!

    hijasmine: ok, 2 slices for you next time!ha!

    elin: oh, i think your bread fever is very much higher than mine lah!

    Beebee: yes, sure you can. if you do not want to cook them, i think you can add a little tomato juice into the water

    hanushi: it's a good loaf of bread..

    delphine: thanks agaon for your encouraging words and support!

    bananaman: thanks for your nice compliments!

    claire: dont worry, i'm sure elin will make more tempting ones for you..

    hi chris: how are you, must check out what have you been to..

    crustabakes: this savoury kind of bread is also good to with soup or even just eat it plain!

  22. uncle lee: you want to pass this recipe to your wife? then you can try..oh, minus the cheese of course! No,donttalk abt mastering the art of baking bread..still long way to go, man!

    anncoo/jeannie/pete/jean: yeah, you can also add italian herbs with some black pepper in it, should be really good!

    kenny: yes, the basil and the cheese gave it an awesome taste..wah hey..your nose is really sensitive that you can almost smell it..!

    yummybakes/shaz: it's great to go with soup too!

  23. What a lovely herb bread. It really sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  24. Lena, I love the texture of this bread. So smooth. Thanks so much for sharing. Bookmarked it for later use.
    Have a lovely evening. Am watching American Idol. Enjoying it so much.
    Good night,

  25. Hahaha... I have a super-sensitive nose that smell from across blogs! :P

  26. What fluffy and delicious looking bread! I still have to find out the secret on making successful bread. I just have no luck making yeast bread so i just stick to flat breads. You are right! Life is easier when you by it from the store. Just love your honest comments cause they are really helpful! Cheers!

  27. Lena, the bread looks so soft! The addition of cheddar and fresh basil must have given the loaf some extra flavour kick!

  28. Lena, the bread looks so soft and fluffy! The ingredients in this bread make this bread special!Wish to try it one day!

  29. Thanks Lena for another great recipe :-)

  30. Mmm, Lena, this bread looks so fluffy and delicious! Please pass me a slice.

  31. How gorgeous does this look? I bet your whole house smells sooo lovely after this. It's savoury too which is great!

  32. hi mary: i wish to try one of your country breads one day..

    kristy: i guess you never missed a show on american idol and you were talking abt that in claire's blog..

    kenny: even greater than mckey??

    arthur: abt my is but your homemade ones would taste mcuh better and no preservatives..

    angie: oh yes, the cheese and everything.haha!

    tze: i'm sure you will love this too!

    ron: you are always welcome.

    roxan: ha! thanks dear!

    daphne: oh yes and savoury breads are just as nice as sweet breads.