The intoxicating aroma and taste of fresh basil defines this yeast bread that 's punctuated with flavorful sun-dried tomatoes.
INGREDIENTS (for 2 servings):
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
- 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a small mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
Place the basil leaves and the olive oil in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with the salt. Add the yeast mixture, basil mixture and sun-dried tomatoes; beat together until well combined, about 3 minutes. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish or 5x9 inch loaf pan. Gently remix the batter with about 20 strokes of a wooden spoon and pour into the prepared pan. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the bottom of the loaf sounds hallow when tapped. Remove loaf from pan, place on a wire rack to cool and brush with melted butter.