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Italian Herbed Tomato Bread on a cutting board smeared with butter.

Herbed Tomato Bread

The striking color of this Tomato Herb Bread always 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.
Course Bread
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 230kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water should be around 110 degrees
  • 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 1/2 cup warm (110 degree) 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 and 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.


To Use Instant Yeast For This Recipe: use 1 packet of rapid rise yeast (2 1/4 tsp) for this recipe and incorporate it to the dry ingredients instead of dissolving it in the water. Proceed with recipe.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 733IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 3mg