Tomato and Basil Bread

Preparation Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time 30 to 40 minutes
Standing/Marinating 30 to 60 minutes
Serves 1 loaf
Ingredients
1 pack active dry yeast 1 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup warm water 1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1 tsp salt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbsp tomato paste 2 1/2 cups bread flour

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Stir in basil, Parmesan cheese, tomato paste, sugar, oil, salt, pepper flakes, and 2 cups flour. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3 – 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; knead for 1 minute. Shape into a round loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover a let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  4. With a sharp knife, cut a large “X” on top of the loaf. Bake at 375′ for 35 – 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool.