Monday, 17 November 2014

Whole Wheat Tomato Basil Loaf

For Nov Taming the yeast Veena has shared her Whole Wheat Tomato Basil Loaf that is adapted from Italian cookbook by Tarla Dalal.
It is very flavourful bread with all the goodness of the whole wheat, tomato and basil.

Since half the flour is whole wheat flour, the bread tends to be a little dense.

As Veena suggested I have used both regular whole wheat flour and Maida. Varada suggested that I quarter the tomatoes and bake on low heat for 4 hours in the oven to get my sun dried tomatoes. Thanks Varada!

Whole Wheat Tomato Basil Loaf

Yield: One loaf
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour     
  • 1 ½ tsp active dry yeast  
  • 1 tsp sugar        
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomato (soaked in warm water)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil    
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree 
  •  3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup to ½ cup warm water   

  • Mix the flours together with salt.
  • Add the yeast to 1/3 cup of   warm water with sugar and let it rest for 2 minutes.
  • Add this mixture and tomato puree to the dry flours and knead well for 5 to 7 minutes to make it into soft pliable dough.
  • Oil a wide mouthed bowl and transfer this dough to it.
  • Keep it covered in a warm place and let it double for nearly 1 hour
  • Now punch down the dough a little and add the  sun dried tomatoes, basil  and knead again.
  • If need be add a little more flour and knead applying olive oil.
  •  Dust the rolling surface and roll it into a rectangle approximately ¼” in thickness and then shape it into a loaf by rolling it from long side.
  • Grease a baking tray.
  • Place the shaped loaf on a prepared tray, cover it loosely and let it rise again for 30-40 minutes.
  • At the end of 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 180°C or 356°F
  • Now brush the top with egg wash or milk and bake it at 180°C /356°F for 20 minutes or till done.
  • Let it cool and slice it.
  • I served it with Garlic Cheese Dip to others I preferred it plain with tea!

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  1. The loaf looks awesome! I love the beautiful crust. I am so glad the oven dried tomatoes worked for you.

  2. Wow this looks soo delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  3. perfectly made!!! love the first click.. looks so tempting

  4. my goodness, the color has floored me...i am in love with this bread now

  5. Even I liked the bread as it is without any spread. Bread looks beautiful, specially the first picture. You also sliced it beautifully,.

  6. wow wow archana such perfectly baked aromatic bread :) looks fantastic dear !!

  7. wow Archana, your loaf has baked so well!...

  8. Wow,loaf came out simply prefect, looks stunning Archana.

  9. Wow Archana you got a perfect texture and shape. I tried two time both times I didn't like mine now have to take a lesson from you

  10. Beautiful looking loaf! Love the crust!

  11. yours came out perfect - such great height you achieved

  12. Wonderful loaf!! love the golden crust


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