Thursday, September 15, 2011

Feta and Sun-dried Tomatoes bread

I love eating sun-dried tomatoes especially if they are the 97% fat free kind. When I first saw this recipe, I was thinking of baking this bread with my favourite lower-fat version of sun-dried tomatoes.

As the recipe uses sun-dried tomatoes with oil, I was afraid that the acidity of the 97% fat free kind will kill or slow down the yeast activity while proving the bread dough. And, so I had decided to add the tomatoes after the bread's first prove. I'm happy that my idea works well and eating bread is less guilty and very delightful.

 

Here's the recipe from the book, Bread Machine Easy by Sara Lewis
(with my modification in blue)

200ml water
150g feta cheese, crumbled into small pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
400g bread flour
1 tsp caster sugar
1 1/4 tsp dried yeast
50g sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and roughly chopped
50g rocket leaves, roughly chopped
(replaced by extra sun-dried tomatoes in the same amount; total amount of tomatoes added is 100g)

1. Fit the kneader blade into the bread pan. Add water, feta, oil and salt first. Then, add in the flour. Make a slight dip in the center and add the sugar and yeast.

2. Insert the pan into the bread machine. Shut the lid and set to a 750g loaf on basic white setting with light crust setting. Press start.

3. When machine beeps, gradually add the tomatoes and rocket.

4. At the end of the program, life the pan out of the machine using oven gloves. Loosen the bread with a plastic spatula, turn it out onto a wire rack and leave it to cool. Serve.

Note: Using 2/3 of the recipe, I've made this loaf with a 10 cm x 20 cm loaf pan. The ingredients were added into a bread machine as according to step 1 and "dough" setting was used to mix and prove the bread dough. After its first prove, I mixed in the chopped sun-dried tomatoes into the bread dough and shaped it into a loaf for a second proving of 40 min in a loaf pan. The loaf was brushed with extra olive oil and was baked at 180°C fan forced for 25-30 min.

Happy Baking

22 comments:

  1. This bread looks delicious! I have been wanting to make this bread, but could not find any sun-dried tomatoes in oil! Ingredients like this are difficult to find over here. I went to the special store last month, and they have no stock! Do not know when I'll be going again! This bread looks good with some soup, my kids will love this!

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  2. Your bread looks so soft & fluffy. Beautiful color.

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  3. Zoe this is a delicious combo, I love feta!LOL

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  4. The bread is pretty with sun-dried tomatoes! It looks delicious!

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  5. another great loaf of yours!! I just came across a recipe also with cheese, but not feta cheese and i've also bookmarked that, hope to bake soon

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  6. I really admire people who make bread! Yours looks amazingly delicious!
    Mary

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  7. Oh my goodness, I'll be trying this. I love the flavor combo of feta and tomatoes,this sounds perfect!

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  8. Oh my goodness, I'll be trying this. I love the flavor combo of feta and tomatoes,this sounds perfect!

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  9. What a pretty mediterean flavoured bread!And look at the texture...YUMMY!

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  10. Zoe, your bread looks beautiful with a very good texture. I like sun dried tomatoes in my pasta as i love the chewiness of it. However, it's very expensive in KL.

    Kitchen Flavours, you can get this in special supermarkets and they are in oil.

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  11. Your bread looks absolutely perfect. I'm so impressed, Zoe! The tomatoes didn't affect the texture at all and I bet it was delicious.

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  12. This bread is stunning!! Sometimes I make bread and even though it tastes good, the look isn't really all there. This is definitely a bread to take to a work function or family gathering.

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  13. Woww thats a beautiful and super fluffy bread, awesome!

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  14. Oh wow! That bread looks gorgeous and I bet it was so tasty Zoe!

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  15. hi zoe,thanks for visit and follow my blog,i bet you are good on baking,i'm still learn how to bake,so from now on we can share our recipe,you had great blog as well,btw the bread look so flufy and soft,,Yum :)
    Ridwan

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  16. i *love* sun dried tomatoes too esp in my sandwich! i see you've also added feta into the mix too...must make for a delicious savoury treat! i need to get back to bread making...asap!

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  17. Zoe, this sounds really delicious. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through you earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers. You've created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I hope you have a great day, Blessings...Mary

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  18. I just posted something super similar! It was a caprese take on it though. These breads are so good- feta and sun dried tomato sound like an yummy combo.

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  19. Wow this looks awesome, so fluffy and flavorful. Definitely going to try it soon. Anything with tomatoes and cheese is a winner in my book. :-)

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  20. Mmmm ... tasty! And such a lovely color as well. I love bread and this, I know, would go with a nice bowl of thick tomato soup. (Getting hungry here!)

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  21. Your blog is awesome. I have to bake this bread, it looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

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