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Make delicious tomato basil bread just like panera

Tomato Basil Bread

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. Tomato Basil Bread 1Add in yeast, stir and set aside for 5-7 minutes allowing it rise.Tomato Basil Bread 2When it is risen it will look like thisTomato Basil Bread 3

Tomato Basil Bread 4

Meanwhile puree tomato.Tomato Basil Bread 5In 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.Tomato Basil Bread 6Knead 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.Tomato Basil Bread 7However, use just enough flour to keep it from sticking completely to the sides of the bowl.Tomato Basil Bread 8

You want a sticky dough like this after mixing:Tomato Basil Bread 9Pour 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. Tomato Basil Bread 10Pat out lightly with your hands to make even.Tomato Basil Bread 11Place saran wrap over the pans, then a clean towel to allow it to rise.Tomato Basil Bread 12

Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes.

Take off towel and saran wrap.Tomato Basil Bread 13Place 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.Tomato Basil Bread 14Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Pictured with my homemade Tomato Basil Soup you can find HERETomato Basil Bread 15Recipe from Becky Low, Dairy Council

Copyright of Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow

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  • Deanna says:! This looks amazing! I would have never thought of putting pureed tomatoes into bread. Tomato and basil is one of my favorite combinations. I’m making this soon! I might have to try it once with all purpose and then again with whole wheat. I’m starving now.

  • Carrie,

    This bread looks and sounds amazing! I love fresh bread. This bread would go great in a BLT. YUM!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Pinned it.
    Diane Roark

  • Winnie says:

    It looks wonderful and I’m a basil-freak, so I’m planning to try this recipe 🙂

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