My husband loves Caprese Salad, me not so much, the flavors are ok, but the texture is a little soft for me. I have been thinking about making a bread with the flavors of a Caprese for a long time now. At the blogger conference I attended we received a sample of Bella Sun Luci’s sun dried tomatoes and it seemed like a good reason to give it them a try. Then I found out they have a package with Italian Basil flavor so that is what I decide to use in the bread recipe. I do grow some basil, but with the recent rains and clod snap I have lost quite a lot of it. The bread is delicious, it combines the flavors very well and gives it a new dimension. I am going to make a grilled cheese sandwich with mozzarella cheese for my husband with it. I am sure he will be surprised!
What you need:
4 1/2 cups of unbleached white bread flour
1 cup water
1 cup Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes, with Italian Basil
1/3 white onion finely chopped 2 fresh basil leaves, washed and finely chopped
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp rapid rise, active dry yeast
1/2 cup Mozzarella, shredded
Pam cooking spray
For the glaze
1 tbsp water
In bread maker – Flour, salt, pepper, sugar and water. Make a small well in the middle of the flour and add yeast. After the first knead stops, check to make sure all the dough comes off the side, if not, stop the cycle and use a spatula to get it off the sides and added to the ball that has been started, then resume the machine. If it appears to wet and is not getting dough like, add a bit more flour. If it appears to dry and is slightly crumbling, add a little water.
I used my bread maker on sweet bread, dough setting. This way it could be kneaded and go through one rise before adding the rest of the ingredients.
While bread is cycling dice garlic, onion and basil and drizzle with one tsp olive oil add 1/2 cup of Mozzarella and 1 cup Sun dried tomatoes with Italian Basil and set it all aside.
Once the bread maker beeps indicating it is ok to add the above ingredients.
It will knead one more time and then it will go through the rise cycle. When done rising remove from bread maker. (again check to see if too dry or too wet and adjust as needed) I put the dough in a standard bread pan, pretreated with Pam cooking spray. I covered the dough with a towel and set aside to let it rise for another 30 minutes, then coated it with the glaze, which was the egg beaten in 1 tbsp of water. And then cooked it in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.