This bread was very popular when I served it at a cheese and wine party last month – I had to promise that we would make it at the next Bread Club meeting!
- 500g strong white flour
- 10g salt
- 10g fast acting yeast
- 60ml olive oil
- 300ml tepid water
- 100g sun-dried tomatoes in oil
- supermarket pack fresh basil
Put the flour, salt and yeast into a large bowl and mix. Add the oil and water and knead for 5 minutes or so until you have a smooth dough. Return to the bowl and leave to prove for an hour. Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper.
Roughly chop the sun-dried tomatoes. Remove the leaves from the basil and chop. When the dough has proved, lay it out on a smooth surface and incorporate the tomatoes and basil leaves as best you can. It will probably be quite oily and messy! Squash the dough into a long sausage and then tie it into a knot. Place on the prepared tray and leave to prove for another hour.
Preheat the oven to 230C/Gas 8. Bake the loaf for 30 minutes (don’t worry if there are some burned bits of tomato on the outside, they will taste really good) and transfer to a wire rack to cool.