Easy Summer Recipes: Tomato Basil Bread with Bruschetta

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Tomato Basil Bread with Bruschetta

I don’t think there’s anything better than a house filled with the smell of freshly baked bread. It just takes me back to a warm safe zone where I’m comfortable and relaxed. Pair freshly baked bread with delicious dips and toppings and I’m pretty much set. Especially during the warm summer months.

I absolutely love to bake but one of my greatest fears for the longest time was using yeast in my baking. But one day I got up, put my big girl panties on, and started experimenting. And you know what? Baking with yeast wasn’t as hard as I thought. In fact it was kind of fun. Being able to form something with a handful of ingredients and watch it rise, fall, and rise again and then pull it out all golden brown and delicious is quite rewarding.

Now normally I’d head to the garden to grab some ripened tomatoes and fresh basil but my tomato plants are still green. So to make this recipe quick and easy I used delicious Hunt’s petite diced tomatoes. I love being able to stock up on tomatoes when I am not quite ready to pick my own. Luckily we still had plenty of fresh basil to grab! 

Tomato Basil Bread kneading dough

One of my favorite easy summer recipes includes individual bread loaves – or baguettes – sliced and paired with different bruschettas. It’s a great appetizer or can even be a meal replacement when you add a great soup or salad.

Regular old bread just didn’t seem to cut it for me this time around so I decided to experiment and create a bread that had the flavors of my favorite bruschetta baked right in. It sounded like a great flavor combo and one that my friends would love to enjoy at our next girls night in.

The fun part of baking bread from scratch is actually getting my hands dirty. I’m able to feel the dough and watch how it changes from a bunch of different ingredients to one solid, smooth ball. And this dough doesn’t need much work. Just a simple kneading before letting it proof to incorporate all of the ingredients, gives the dough some elasticity, and get enough flour mixed in.

Tomato Basil Bread dough

After kneading the bread the fun part begins. Watching the magic of rising bread has always fascinated me. And I love how it fascinates my kids as well. I thought it’d be fun to share the different stages of bread making in a short video with photos I took of the process. Check out the video below to watch bread magic!


Hungry now? Check out the recipe below.

Tomato Basil Bread

  • 1 1/4 ounce package active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (about 110-115 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (minced)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup Hunt's petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 1/2-3/4 cups bread flour
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add in basil, Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, sugar, oil, salt, pepper flakes, and 2 cups of flour. Stir until combined. Add in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Add in flour if needed sparingly. Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm spot until double in size (about 1 hour).
  3. Punch the dough down and knead for 1-2 minutes. Shape into 4 round loaves and place on a pizza stone. Cover and let rise until doubled (about 1 hour).
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. With a sharp knife, cut a large X into the top of each loaf. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from stone and let cool on wire rack.

Tomato Basil Bread baked

Making the bruschetta to go along with the bread was simple. I grabbed another can of Hunt’s diced tomatoes (not the petite kind… but those would have worked), another handful of basil, and some olive oil. I chopped up the basil and mixed everything together in a bowl. I then salted to taste and let the family enjoy. Easy peasy!

Hunts Sauce in Walmart

With the addition of the Hunt’s canned tomatoes I picked up at Walmart, I was able to create a delicious bread and bruschetta the whole family loves. Hunt’s uses a unique flashsteam peeling method. That means after they can each tomato for their diced, stewed, and whole varieties (within hours of picking it from the field), they then FlashSteam their tomatoes with only water—no lye.

Find more great recipes and information on Hunt’s tomatoes at www.hunts.com and www.readyseteat.com.

Tomato Basil Bread topped with bruschetta

What’s your favorite summertime appetizer or side?


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  1. Mmmmm delicious! My favourite summertime side is a fresh watermelon and feta salad.

  2. I’m drooling, WANTING!! I’m glad you mentioned the ease cause looking at it, it looks hard. Something I’d fail making. But, I too need to put on my big girl panties – making this!!

  3. Its rare when I have all the ingredients on hand for a recipe I find. Today I have everything 🙂 I am making soup for dinner and I think this would go along perfectly with it 🙂 Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  4. This looks mouth watering delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  5. I want to try this out. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I want this for lunch and dinner.

  6. These look delicious! Only now, since you asked my favorite, my mind is stuck on your photos and I have no idea what I would typically say. 🙂

  7. Yum! Yum! I need some bruschetta now. 🙂

  8. This looks delicious! I totally have a block about baking bread, too. Funny as I’m not scared of making cheese or fermenting. You are giving me encouragement to try!

  9. Mmmmm! This tomato basil bread looks amazing! I will have to try this soon.

  10. I am seriously kicking myself for not dropping by for dinner and lunch (like all the time) when I lived near you! Another amazing recipe!


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