Herbed Whole Wheat Tomato Garlic Bread (Vegan)

 Herbed Tomato Garlic Bread has all the homegrown ingredients. The bread has a burst of flavours. The crumb is super soft. It tastes amazing when toasted and had with cheese spread or with oodles of butter.



We are living through difficult times. The world is in the grip of the worst disaster. The ongoing pandemic has thrown the world in fear and anxiety. The news of the suffering of friends, near and dear ones, of people known and unknown has created a feeling of helplessness. Staying at home has become a necessity for safety. There are lockdowns and curfews.  This is a reality that is completely unimaginable.

To quell the feeling of hopelessness that has pervaded everywhere, it is important that we resort to activities that involve and keep us occupied. Be it gardening, reading, baking, cooking, music or anything else it is important to keep occupied. Also, it is also the time to reach out in whatever possible way to those suffering. The smallest of help will also make a big difference. And keep the hope alive. Hope is a valuable tool in protecting from stress and burnout. Hope has a positive impact on physical and mental health.



It is time to pray. “True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – It is a spiritual transaction with the creator of heaven and Earth.” (Charles Spurgeon)

Prayers can heal the sick, Prayers can comfort those anxious and sinking into depression. It is time to send prayers to the universe for the health and healing of the pandemic ridden world.

 It is this time that pushes us to be creative and prepare meals that are not only healthy but also use minimal ingredients and with things available around.



Tomato season is almost over and the plant has some last small size tomatoes hanging from the shaggy branches. These look like cherry tomatoes.  We decided to bake bread using all the tomatoes along with homegrown garlic. Some homemade spice mix was added to the dough.




The bread was a burst of flavours with a lovely red tinge from the tomato puree.  The crumb was super moist and fluffy. It tastes amazing when toasted and had with cheese spread or oodles of butter.

We used tomatoes with skin as the tomatoes were homegrown. If you are not sure of the source, remove the skin as farmers spray a lot of pesticides.




 

Herbed Whole Wheat Tomato Garlic Bread (Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes/small size tomatoes
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons Italian spice mix/herb mix of choice or fresh herbs
  • 4-5 buds of garlic minced
  • ¼ cup warm water

Instructions

  1. Wash the tomatoes. Cut each into four. Blend to get a fine puree. If the seeds are too many, pass through the strainer. You should get 1 cup plus a little extra puree.
  2. Add sugar and yeast to the puree. Stir well.
  3. Heat oil in a wok. Add minced garlic. Stir and turn off the heat.
  4. Take flour in a large bowl or in a large plate. Make a well in the centre. Add tomato puree, garlic oil and salt and herb mix. Gently mix everything to get a shaggy dough. If the dough feels dry, add warm water.
  5. Knead for 7-8 minutes to get a smooth, shiny and little sticky dough. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl. Turn around once so that it is evenly coated with oil. Keep in a warm area for 1- 1 ½ hours or until double.
  6. Grease one 8 ½ x4 ½ inch loaf pan.
  7. Punch the risen dough. Shape into a log.   Place it gently into the prepared pan.
  8. Cover and keep to rise until the dough doubles (almost).
  9. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 30-35 minutes or until the loaf turns brown and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
  10. Remove from the pan after 7-8 minutes. Cool in the rack. Slice when cold.

 

 

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