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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  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
  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.
  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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24 thoughts on “Homemade French Bread with Tomatoes, Basil, and Mozzarella

  • Reply

    Yum! I’ve never made my own French bread before but this looks amazing! The last two years I’ve managed to keep an herb garden alive, which has been pretty awesome. I like using fresh cilantro in tacos/fajitas and parsley when I make pasta sauce. I even have some chives I’ve grown since seedlings! I don’t have the greenest thumb… Haha! Pinning this for later!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      This is yummy! I like it best the same day because the crust stays crunchy and the inside is chewy! I think my favorite part is the vinaigrette dressing! Yum!

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    Ana Lynn

    Funny, hubby and I made bruschetta Sunday night around 9 PM because we had the munchies! It was delicious and now reading this I think we might be making it again!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      I just love that word: bruschetta. It makes toasting bread so much more fun! Thanks for stopping over!

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    Limeade Gal

    Hi Elizabeth!
    This looks so good! I have never had Bruschetta. I’m definitely giving this a try & I will have to toast mine so I can say I’ve had Bruschetta 🙂

    Have a beautiful day!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      I don’t make it a lot, but I do love it when the bread is in the oven and the smell is wafting through the house! Yum. Thanks for stopping over.

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    Charlee Anne

    Strangely, I don’t think I’ve ever officially had bruschetta. But I have had something very similar. Basil is one of my favorite herbs! I love making pesto, and I have to make this now!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      And I have never made pesto!! Isn’t that funny! I guess you better get me a good recipe! Thanks, Charlee.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks, Amanda. I know. I have found that French Bread is tricky. It sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Hope you have success. Thanks for stopping!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Mmm. I am drooling at your Peanut Butter Banana cake. I love peanut butter but we have a nut allergy at my house so I don’t get it often. Thanks for stopping over!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      It is simple, Karren. I don’t do complicated…at least not very well. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Reply

    I do love to cook with fresh herbs! Sadly, i’m stuck being gluten free so its been much too long since I had french bread! I’ve been wanting to tackle making a GF bread, though 😉

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Ah! GF is a challenge, especially with bread. I have heard finding a good recipe with the right combination of flours is a challenge. Especially to get the right consistency. Thanks for stopping over. I love fresh herbs too!

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    I could easily just eat this for dinner too! I cannot wait to get into the new house full time and start making my own bread again. I have made french bread, but it isn’t “perfected” yet. I’ll try your recipe and see how it goes!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      You know, sometimes my bread turns out and sometimes it doesn’t. Isn’t that funny! This turned out great – crunchy on the outside and chewy inside. But, the next day, it wasn’t as good. I did put it in a plastic bag, though, because I forgot!!

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    Oh my, your bread looks beautiful, Elizabeth! Thanks so much for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays! 🙂 I hope you’ll come share with us again this weekend!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thank you Raia! This was delish! I can’t wait to have it again. Thank you for hosting your party!