I had dried some tomatoes this fall and wanted to use them in a bread recipe. I search through all my cookbooks and on line for a recipe that was easy and not loaded with grains. I wanted to keep it simple with ingredients that was usually on hand. I made an exception with the fresh sweet basil. I had bought a plant after Thanksgiving and it was still alive this winter. Basil can be found in the produce section at most grocery stores in small packets. Also dried basil would also work by starting with a teaspoon and adding more if it looks like it needs it. Tomatoes can be dried year around in your oven on a low setting. I have instructions on how to do this here. https://trkingmomoe.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/drying-cherry-tomatoes/
The onions are caramelized with garlic so there is not a raw onion flavor through the bread. The dried tomatoes is added to the sauté with a little sugar to bring out the sweetness of the tomato. The instructions only said grated cheese so I looked my refrigerator to see what I had on hand. I grated several different cheeses that needed to be used up that I had on hand. The tomato, basil and onion flavor goes with many different cheeses so the choice is really yours to what you would like in this bread.
There was a video not from the USA that demonstrated this bread. It didn’t have a recipe site so I had to convert the few measurement that was given and estimate other ingredients that was just dumped in. The bread looked so good and was what I was looking for. It was a bread that could be mixed up and put into the oven to bake, then you could make dinner while it was baking. The bread would be ready at the same time as the meal.
This bread is so good. We could not wait to try it. ” Quick just take the pictures and not fuss over them.” It is better then toasted garlic bread and smells so good. I am sure I will make this again.
Tomato Basil Cheese Quick Bread
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 6 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped sweet basil
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Prepare loaf pan 5 inches by 8 inches with vegetable spray. To make the quick bread easy to lift out of loaf pan add a sheet of parchment paper 8 inches wide long enough to drape over each long sides. You will be able to lift the loaf out by grabbing the over hanging paper and lift.
In a small skillet on medium heat add butter and melt. Add chopped onion garlic and sauté. Caramelize the onion and stir in chopped dried tomatoes with sugar. The sugar brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes. Turn off heat and let rest.
Sift flour, paprika, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl. Now add grated cheese and chopped fresh basil to the flour mixture. In an other bowl whisk together eggs, milk and oil.
Now add onion tomato mixture to the dry ingredients and gently stir in the milk mixture to the dry ingredients. Hand stir until moistened and blended. The dough will be thick and sticky.
Turn out into prepared pan and gently spread around. Don’t worry about having a smooth top. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. A tester should come out clean from the middle of the loaf. Remove from pan by lifting the parchment paper. Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting. Serve warm with butter.