At 7:00 in the evening, I decided to make this tomato bread featured in the February issue of Lettuce Club – a Japanese magazine. I looked through the pantry and found all the ingredients except one very key ingredient- a can of tomatoes. I have sun dried tomatoes but not a can of tomatoes? How weird is that. I quickly assessed my situation- I was in my grubby clothes and no make-up. My hair is un-brushed but is in a tight pony tail since the morning. I can’t go to the store looking like that! I looked like an obasan-middle aged woman…wait I am middle aged woman dah! I called my husband, who is out doing something for our church, to swing by the store. My husband goes ‘Just drive by? That’s it?’ Yes I’m checking to see I can still order you around, I didn’t say that but I could have. He is sooo technical isn’t he?
Mille Village Bakery is in Osaka, Japan. Their vegetable bread is very popular among health conscious customers. The store offers bread making class twice a month too. The recipe is easy, the store does not use can tomatoes but fresh ones. The magazine recipe is a simplified version of their recipe. Put everything in bread making machine and wait for… 3 hours and half! Oh no! By the time it’s done is like 11 O’clock? I don’t eat past 9:00 PM for diet reasons. Spontaneously doing something has a down side.
- Diced tomatoes 210g Juice included.
- Sun dried tomatoes 20g Cut in small pieces but not minced.
- Bread flour 250g*
- Dry yeast 4g
- Salt 2g
- Olive oil 5 g
- Dried basil-some
*60g of Rye flour can be used for part of flour.
In the bread machine, mound up the flour in the middle. Put salt , olive oil, dried tomato and basil on the side and pour diced tomato around flour. Make a small well on the top of flour mound and put yeast in (you do this to prevent salt and liquid from touching yeast directory). Push button.
Bread comes out soft and the color is fantastic! Olive oil and balsamic vinegar goes great with this bread. Cheese is good too. I will double this recipe next time.Taking pictures under artificial lighting is not flattering.Oh-kay I should have focused on the bread.