By Brandess on July 16, 2008
Photo by DMG
Photo by DMG
"This breads' chewy crust pairs well with a steaming mug of soup. The pretty color and robust flavor are a great pairing with chicken or turkey cold cuts or a summer tomato sandwich. I use this basic recipe in my bread machine using the dough cycle; following my bread machines instructions. I then bake it in the oven. I also omit the red pepper flakes and, at times, omit the Parmesan cheese and replace it with an additional 1/4 cup of flour. Be careful and add additional flour a little at a time depending on the humidity in your kitchen."
Serving Size: 1 (38 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 16
"I bake. My family eats and leaves crumbs. Raw deal, heh?"
"I made this recipe to go with a turkey sandwich recipe I wanted to try also..OMG this was so good the sandwich was fab..I made to loaves,one I gave to my daughter..I used 1/4 tsp total ,used my KA for mixing and kneading otherwise followed recipe exactly...What a great sandwich bread,or even with a hearty soup..I will definitely be making this again. I recommend trying #116193 bacon turkey bravo to go with this bread, delish..Thank U......"
"Great bread Brandess! First off I used whole wheat flour so of course my results will be a bit different. That being said I did end up with a wonderful flavoursome loaf that accompanied recipe #298215 very well.. I made your recipe in a stand mixer and added an additional 1 cup of flour after step one. The rising time was longer due to the type of flour and the weather. I did use the crushed red pepper flakes and next time will add at least a teaspoon. I also brushed the outside with cold water before and during cooking to get a lovely crisp crust. Thank you for the recipe."
"Fabulous bread for the tomato lover!!! So easy to make too:) I skipped the chili flakes (not a fan plus I didn't have any)...Used fresh basil & all organic products...just sifted the flour & used my KA to do the work...lol had my 2 very little ones helping (22m & 3). Seriously, fabulous bread & all organic for less than $2/loaf!! Next time I may brush on some brown sugar/butter w/smidge of tomato paste on the crust before & while baking but it is great:) Making another loaf this week!!"
"I made this to go with my Recipe #447640. It was good but different than I expected. I think it would be better with a tomato soup. My son loved it toasted. I think it would make an excellent grilled cheese sandwich."
"YUM. Seriously, just YUM. Excellent. I replaced 1/2 cup of the flour with whole wheat, and added about 3 tablespoons of vital wheat gluten. I will make this again and again and again and again and AGAIN. (A note comparing this to Panera's tomato basil bread: The flavor is very close. The main difference is that the outer crust lacks the sticky-sweet coating of Panera's. I imagine that coating could be replicated by brushing the half-baked loaf with some tomato paste or even ketchup, both of which I plan to try next time I make this.)"
"I used fresh cherry tomatoes from my garden in place of the tomato paste, I boiled off the skin and finely chopped up about 4 tablespoons of them. I also used the fresh basil out of my garden for this. Other that that I followed the recipe as written. The bread was wonderful. It did not last long. :)"
"Amazing bread and super easy to make! Followed Potluck's lead and made it to go with Recipe #116193 and it made for some terrific sandwiches. I also used 100% Whole Wheat (reduced by 1/4 cup) and added 1/4 cup Vital Wheat Gluten. The loaf was still a little small and pretty dense but the flavor really delivered. Will make again!"
"Delicious. I used this bread in my copy of the Mediterranean sandwich at Panera. It has cilantro pesto, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, and gorganzola cheese. Fabulous, and very healthy."
"Very flavorful. The hot pepper flakes give it a nice kick. Great for sandwiches. Instead of the yeast I used a sour dough starter. Because I did this the first rise took 2 1/2 hours instead of 1."
"Really good bread, very easy to work with. Just alittle too much basil for me."
"This was yummy bread. I served it with an italian dish but I think it would go better with soup. I am going to try it with sandwiches with some yummy spread and sun dried tomatoes tomorrow. Thanks for a great and easy recipe!"
"This was very yummy. I didn't have tomato paste so I used tomato sauce. It was crusty on the outside and tender on the inside. Great!"
"Awesome recipe. Turned out perfectly (by hand). I added an egg wash and thinly-sliced cherry tomatoes on top just for prettiness."