The striking color of this Tomato Herb Bread catches everyone’s attention. And the flavor brings compliments. This is a recipe for a yeast tomato bread that’s made using a stand mixer with a dough hook. Beautifully fragrant, and savory in flavor, you’ll be wanting to make this easy tomato bread recipe over and over.
My bread making interests have now transformed into a designated once a week bread making day. And I’m having more fun.
This homemade Italian tomato bread recipe is one that we made several times in the pastry kitchen at Culinary School. And it was always popular with our group. The color alone is enough to make anyone swoon. This bread is made with tomato paste rather than fresh tomatoes. There are plenty of herbs and all of the usual suspects for a beautiful loaf of yeast bread.
The recipe simply calls for “fresh herbs” so play around with flavors. I have always picked rosemary and thyme.
The kneading instructions in this recipe call for kneading until you feel resistance. So exactly how do you tell when bread dough has been kneaded enough? The Poke Test – Give that ball of dough a firm poke with your finger. If the indentation fills back quickly, you’re good to go. If it stays looking like a deep dimple, continue kneading. I also watch how the dough interacts with the Kitchen Aid Mixer bowl. If it is starting to pull away from the sides of the bowl, leaving the bowl somewhat clean, chances are it’s done. You should also listen for the dough slapping against the sides of the bowl while kneading.
Steps to make this Italian Tomato Bread:
- Mix yeast, sugar and water in the bowl of your stand mixer until bubbly. Add tomato paste, milk, egg and oil. Mix with the paddle attachment until blended.
- Add flour, salt and herbs and combine with the tomato paste mixture. Mix until you reach the shaggy mass stage. Let rest ten minutes. (This is called the autolyse period).
- Switch to dough hook and knead.
- Remove dough to a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise for about an hour.
- Shape the dough into a loaf and cover for the second rise, about 40 minutes.
- Bake and enjoy.
- Once the bread has cooled a bit, slice and slather with butter. There’s nothing better than a fresh baked warm slice of bread.
Note: Since this fresh loaf of bread is completely preservative free, it will only keep for a few days. If you’ve not used it up, pop it in the freezer. Bread freezes so well, you’ll be glad you did.
Herbed Tomato Bread Recipe
I hope you give this beautiful homemade bread recipe a try. And if you do, please come back and let me know how you liked it and give the recipe a star rating. Your feedback is valuable to me for developing future recipes. And if you have a favorite herbed bread recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
And I challenge you to bake at least once a week. Take the time! It’s not just for celebrating holidays or special occasion dinners. Heating up that oven to make a fresh loaf of bread confirms the importance of understanding where our food comes from and why homemade is always better. And baking for others makes you happy and makes them very happy. That’s a win-win.
More Bread Recipes:
Herbed Tomato Bread
- 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 to 1 cup warm water
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups tomato paste
- 4 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup fresh herbs chopped
- Combine the water and the sugar in the bowl of your Kitchen Aid mixer. Sprinkle the yeast on surface of the water and let sit until bubbly. Add the milk, egg, oil and tomato paste to this mixture. With a paddle attachment, mix on low speed until just blended.
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt and herbs. Add this to Tomato and yeast mixture. Mix until blended. Cover and let this rest for 10 minutes (autolyse stage)
- Switch to the dough hook attachment and knead until resistance is felt, adding additional flour or cool water as needed.
- Remove dough and place it in a large bowl that has been coated with cooking spray. Turn the dough once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise until doubled. About an hour.
- Shape the dough into a loaf. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and set aside to rise until doubled. About 40 minutes.
- Bake the bread in a preheated 375 degree oven. The bread should take about 40-ish minutes to bake to a light golden brown. Watch it carefully. In my oven a boule shape was done in 20 minutes and a loaf baked in a loaf pan, 30 minutes.