Down home goodness in a hurry. Terrific with my homemade Tomato Basil Soup or herbed butter as shown. Slice it a bit thick, top with some slices of cheese and broil for a wonderful comforting and substantial meal.
Easy One Hour Tomato Basil Bread
1 ½ cups milk
6 Tbl. granulated sugar
3 Tbl. Active dry yeast
14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, pureed
2 Tbl. fresh chopped basil OR 1 Tbl. dry
5-6 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. garlic salt 1 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbl. butter, melted
1 Tbl. lemon juice, bottled works fine
Butter for brushing on top of loaves
This recipe makes 2 loaves (8 ½ x 4 ½”).
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat 2 pans with non-stick spray and set aside.
In a large measuring cup or microwavable bowl microwave milk for 1 minute on high. Check to make sure it is the temperature of a warm baby bath. Heat a bit more if needed.
Add sugar to the warm milk and stir. Add in yeast, stir and set aside for 5-7 minutes allowing it rise.When it is risen it will look like this
Meanwhile puree tomato.In a large mixing bowl of stand mixture add 4 cups of the flour, milk, pureed tomatoes, basil, salt, baking powder, melted butter, lemon juice and yeast mixture.Knead with a dough hook 5-8 minutes; adding 1-2 cups flour to make a soft dough.
NOTE: The dough must be soft, just firm enough to handle with floured hands.However, use just enough flour to keep it from sticking completely to the sides of the bowl.
You want a sticky dough like this after mixing:Pour a bit of flour on a counter or cutting board.
Dump the dough onto the lightly floured surface.
With a little flour on top of the dough and a bit on your hands.
Divide the dough in half, put half into a prepared pan and the other into the other pan. Pat out lightly with your hands to make even.Place saran wrap over the pans, then a clean towel to allow it to rise.
Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes.
Take off towel and saran wrap.Place in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a digital thermometer reads 185.
Brush the top of the loaves with additional melted butter.Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Pictured with my homemade Tomato Basil Soup you can find HERERecipe from Becky Low, Dairy Council
Copyright of Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow
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