Baking bread is such a wonderful skill to master. You can save so much money by doing so and it is healthier too. Not to mention so much yummier than bread you can by in a store.
There are endless recipes and techniques to use and create to bake bread. You can check out my Honey Wheat Bread and Cinnamon Bread too.
This is a wonderful recipe to use for serving alongside soup or salad.
It has a fresh taste from the tomato to compliment the heartiness of the whole wheat.
Whole Wheat Tomato Basil Bread makes 2 medium loaves
- 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 2 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour
- 2 TBS. yeast
- 4 cups warm water
- 1 TBS. sea salt
- 5 cups whole wheat flour
- 2-3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 2 TBS. dried basil
- 1 large beefsteak tomato, chopped
- 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Mix together the first four ingredients and cover. Let it sit for 45 minutes so that the yeast dissolves and causes the mixture to bubble.
After the 45 minutes, uncover the dough and mix in the remaining ingredients. Add enough flour so that the dough is not too sticky to work with.
Knead the dough on a floured surface and shape into two oval shaped loaves. Place each loaf on a floured baking sheet and cover with a light towel. Let the loaves rise for 30 minutes.
When the loaves are rising preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
After the 30 minutes of rising, slice the tops of the bread loaves three times to create slashes across the loaves. Spritz the loaves with cool water and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Remove the baked bread from the pans and cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve!
This bread would be good with oil and vinegar, butter, or a garlic spread.