Basil and Sun-dried Tomato Bread Recipe -
Basil and Sun-dried Tomato Bread Recipe

Basil and Sun-dried Tomato Bread

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"This hearty, herb bread goes great with pasta! Use dried tomatoes, not tomatoes that are reconstituted and packed in oil."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 1 1/2 pound loaf Change Servings


  1. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over sun-dried tomato halves to cover. Soak for 10 minutes, drain, and cool to room temperature. With scissors, snip into 1/4 inch pieces.
  2. Place all ingredients into the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the Basic or White Bread cycle, and Start.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 09, 2003

I, too, had the same problem as the first reviewer. In any case, this bread is very tasty. If you like a french bread style, simply remove it from the bread machine after the second rise (it really won't rise that much) and place it in a french bread pan to bake. If you prefer a hearty textured high rise bread, simply add 2T oil (I used garlic flavored olive oil), 1T sugar, 2T gluten and you have a perfectly textured hearty high rise bread. Oh, I also added 5T Parmesan cheese and 1t garlic powder on the second try. This made it oh so flavorful. Thanks Kevin!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 09, 2003

I tried this recipe twice and could not get the bread to rise. It sounded so good. What a bummer!

Aug 09, 2003

This bread sounded so gooood. I just had to try it in spite of the low rating. I did as reviewer MaggieMcGuire suggested and the loaf came out simply scrumdidlyumptious. My roommate loved it too. Maybe Kevin can make some changes in the instructions for everyone. Then everyone can give this the rating it deserves.

May 14, 2005

I, too, had trouble getting this recipe to rise. Here's what I finally did: double the amount of yeast and replace the wheat bran with an equal amount of vital wheat gluten. No need to use boiling water on the tomatoes--just snip them as they come out of the package. I replaced the quinoa (what the heck is quinoa??) with 7-grain cereal. I also added about 1/4C honey--yeast does better with a bit of sugar in a recipe. Be sure to add enough flour so that the dough is not really sticky--the honey will increase the liquid content of the recipe, so you will need more flour to balance that off. I added chopped nuts in my bread machine's extra cycle, and used a variety of herbs, including dried roasted garlic. It came out yummy and rose beautifully!

Dec 15, 2006

I followed the advice of pervious reviewers and used 2T gluten, 1T sugar, and 1t garlic powder and this bread actually came out pretty good. It turns a very pretty orange color from the tomatoes, and the bits of basil and quinoa give it a very unique and pretty look, too. I don't suggest leaving the quinoa out; it gives it a nice look and texture, and you can find it in the organic section of your market shelved with other grains. I made this by hand and made 16 dinner rolls that I baked on my pizza stone at 375 for 25 minutes. I brushed the tops of them with some egg white and they had a great brown crust on top when they were done. I'll be sure to make these again, maybe with the addition of some jalapenos or some red pepper.

Feb 23, 2003

No attention was paid to detail of the ingredients when written. This bread needs some oil and sweetner, neither of which was included in the recipe. The yeast needs sugar or other sweetner such as honey to work properly. Sun-dried tomatoes in oil would be better, just drain the tomatoes and add 1 Tablespoon of the drained oil to the bread. The oil from the tomatoes would give the bread extra flavor. I give this a two thumbs down!

Feb 27, 2008

This recipe worked for me because I tinkered with it. I prepped and baked it manually. I dissolved the yeast with 2 tbsp of sugar, then added 2 tbsp of olive oil to that, then added all the dry ingredients and extras. I also added 4 or 5 cloves of garlic. I added gluten by substituting a cup of whole wheat flour for a cup of bread flour. It's a little heavier than I usually like, but it's awesome bread. It smelled amazing in the oven.

Jun 07, 2010

I followed Maggie McGuires suggestions. Three things I have learned in baking bread, whether in the bread machine or by hand, is to use Rapid Rise Yeast and to proof it in 1/4 cup of the liquid called for in the recipe at the temperature of 120 degrees and no higher than 130 degrees and use flour designed for bread making. Use a thermometer. When using wheat products in the recipe or heavier grains such as oats I use gluten. A lot of people are allergic to these products but if you are not then use them. I rarely have a problem. I store my bread in the refrig. because we don't eat a lot of it and since there are no preservatives you need to do this. You can also freeze sliced bread in air tight zip locks. Enjoy bread making. It is enjoyable.


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  • Calories
  • 156 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.6 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 5.9 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 204 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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