Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

             I dug deep in my recipe drawer looking for a good recipe for today and finally found one! This is a blast from the past, mine at least. I first made this tasty bread back in the 80's when I was full time Mom/Housewife, I guess my love for odd ball recipes dates back to that decade but this bread probably could use a upgrade so I will be making it again soon with some alternations but for now, I'll leave it up to you to try the original and taste it for yourself.

Tomato Soup Bread

1 10 oz. can tomato soup
2 Tbsp. dry onion
1/8 t. baking soda
1 1/2 Tbsp. dried basil or dill
1/4 c. oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 envelope dry yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. warm water
6 to 6 1/2 c. all purpose flour
In small sauce pan mix canned soup with 3/4 c. water, add dried onion and baking soda. Stir well and scape sides. Pour into large mixing bowl and add your herb ( basil or dill), oil and salt. Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 c. warm water then add to soup mixture, blend in some flour then add more flour and knead till dough is smooth and elastic. Cut dough in half and form in to 2 loaves. Drop into well oiled loaf pans and cover. Allow to rise till doubled, then bake for 35-40 min. in a 375 oven. Cool before slicing.

      Now, I'm thinking most any herbs can be used, esp. in combos so add your favorites but basil or dill have proven to be tasty but I'll be trying others. If I remember right, I think this recipe is from the great depression when they had to make do, so the only thing great about those times were it taught us to value the simple ways and nothing is more simple or satisfying  as making your own bread, even with soup!


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