Homemade French Bread with Tomatoes, Basil, and Mozzarella 24


Yum! This is really an appetizer or a side, but  I could have this for dinner and be happy.  I love garden tomatoes and for the first time this year, I planted herbs! I have been loving the fresh flavors emerging from my garden.

I wish I could call this bruschetta, because that would just be cool, but since I didn’t toast this, I can’t call it that.  If you want to brush with olive oil and toast your bread, call it bruschetta. It will impress your guests! 🙂

I love the crusty French bread, but to be honest, my favorite is the combination of it all together! My mouth is watering.

 

 

Here is the recipe for the French Bread:

Homemade French Bread
Delicious French bread -- crusty and hot, right from the oven.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cup warm water
  2. 1 Tbsp. sugar
  3. 1 Tbsp. oil
  4. 1 Tbsp. yeast
  5. 3 1/4 c. flour
  6. 1/2 Tbsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Mix water, sugar, oil and yeast together until yeast starts to activate.
  2. Mix flour and salt together.
  3. Make a well in the flour and add yeast mixture.
  4. Combine until well mixed.
  5. Allow dough to rest and rise for about 1-2 hours until at least double.
  6. Punch down and turn onto an oiled area.
  7. Roll into 9x12 rectangle and roll like a jellyroll to make a long loaf of bread.
  8. Cut diagonal slits in top.
  9. Allow to rise another 30 minutes until double.
  10. Brush with egg mixture and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  11. Put a small pan filled with water in the oven and then preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  12. Once oven is heated, put bread in and bake for 25 minutes until brown.
Notes
  1. This bread is best eaten fresh. If you choose to store it, the crust will soften if put into a plastic bag. Either store by covering with a towel once cooled, or in a paper bag.
Adapted from A Taste of Heaven
Adapted from A Taste of Heaven
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 My favorite part — eating!  

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Here is what you will need to assemble:

tomatoes, sliced

fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

fresh basil, washed and dried

salt and freshly ground pepper

Cut French bread, and layer with cheese, tomato, and basil.  Pour 2 parts vinegar to one part olive oil into a small dipping bowl. You can either dip your bread in the bowl or drizzle on top and eat!  Delish!

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I first had this when I lived in Gold Beach, Oregon for a year.  I was immediately addicted.  It is one of my favorite summer appetizers.

 

Two questions:

How do you use fresh herbs?

Have you ever had bruschetta?

Leave a comment and let me know?

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