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Tomato Basil Bread

homemade tomato basil bread loaf cut in half on a white napkin

Tomato basil bread will have your home smelling heavenly as it bakes. Homemade bread victory! Especially when you are making a copycat of Panera Tomato Basil Bread recipe. 

Oh this is such a pretty bread…not just tasty but truly something special to admire.

I can hardly believe how easy it was to make. I’ve had my share of bread flops.

I usually blame it on the altitude here in Denver, but, truth be told, that might not be the case. No reason to look for excuses on this bread—from start to finish the bread-making process was simple and hassle free.

I followed a recipe shared on the blog, The Keenan Cookbook. They did an excellent job presenting the recipe so I’ll link to it here. I found their recipe while searching online for an imitation of Panera Bread’s tomato basil bread. This bread satisfied that criteria and surpassed my expectations.

slices of tomato basil bread panera copycat recipe

You do not need a standing mixer to make this bread. I mixed the dough in a bowl, kneaded it per the instructions, played tennis for an hour, then came back to find my dough happily ready for the next step. I am a beginner when it comes to making bread at home and this was SO easy! I can’t wait to use it for grilled cheese, croutons, and more. I especially want to recreate the vegetarian sandwich that I ordered at Panera. I hope to share that success story here another time.

how to make tomato basil bread step by step photo collage with six images
  • Here are more homemade bread recipes you’ll enjoy:
  • This Italian Easter Cheese Bread is good all year long. Its rich dough and beautiful braiding makes it an eye-catching homemade bread recipe.
  • Simple Pita Bread is a recipe I baked with the virtual baking group, BreadBakers. Although no longer baking together, the group helped me dive into trying out different types of recipes at home. 
  • Cheese and Chive Scones are a type of bread recipe for scones. No yeast is needed in the dough to create a lovely tea time treat. These scones go just as well with a bowl of chili as they do with a tea sandwich.
  • No bread baker is complete without an easy focaccia recipe like Quick heirloom tomato focaccia or this Cherry Tomato Focaccia. This might be the bread I have baked most often over the years. 

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Sarah

Monday 1st of October 2012

I will have to try it out. I live at 7200 feet and bread is so tricky. Thanks for linking up last week, I've featured you today.

http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/10/pintastic-monday-halloween-edition.html#.UGnL4K4-WnA

Holly @ abakershouse.com

Monday 1st of October 2012

Thanks so much, Sarah!!

Sarah

Monday 24th of September 2012

You didn't have to do anything special for the elevation? I'm at about 7,300 ft and bread can be a nightmare. This looks good. If you get a chance come link up at my Pin Party.

http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/09/pintastic-monday-link-party-10.html#.UGClu64-WnD

Holly @ abakershouse.com

Monday 24th of September 2012

Hi Sarah, No, I didn't have to adjust for the elevation. Sometimes I add a little flour and decrease the sugar slightly. Also adding a tablespoon or two of water has helped in other recipes. I don't always have luck with baking bread but this recipe somehow came together easily. (I am at 5300 feet by the way.) Let me know if it works for you. Holly

Karen Harris

Friday 21st of September 2012

For years all my bread attempts were failures but now they are mostly successful, thank goodness. This looks really good. I hope to give it a try soon.

Holly @ abakershouse.com

Friday 21st of September 2012

I hope I might be on the same road to successful bread baking. Thanks, Karen!

Chris @ The Keenan Cookbook

Friday 21st of September 2012

So glad you liked this recipe Holly, and thanks for sharing it! I've had as many successes as failures with my bread baking, but this one was definitely one of the easiest (and possibly tastiest!). Yours looks like it came out fantastic :)