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Sourdough Tomato Water Bread with Celery and Dill Seeds

louie brown's picture
louie brown

Sourdough Tomato Water Bread with Celery and Dill Seeds

An original idea. The purpose of this entry is to ask about readers' experiences with flavored waters, stocks, etc. I'm not referring to milk, beer, apple cider, as these have been well covered. Other than the "Pain Marin" at restaurant Ledoyen in Paris, I'm not aware of other flavored breads along these lines.

First, the mistakes. I overlooked the fact that the tomato water has a good deal of solids in it. My dough needed extra hydration as a result, and could have used still more, in my opinion. It also seems to be underbaked, as there are a few gummy areas right through the middle.

This wound up as a roughly 70% dough, KA AP flour, some wheat germ, the seeds, the tomato water. A stiff starter was used. Bulk fermenting after a couple of stretch & folds was almost 14 hours at about 72 degrees. Preshaped, rested, shaped, into the fridge overnight, out for a couple of hours, scored (clearly unnecessary), baked under a bowl at 450 for 20 minutes and then without the bowl for a total of 45 minutes. I think another ten would have been fine.

While there are flaws to this early work in progress, the taste is exceptional; a deep, mellow tomato background with none of the acid. The seeds add nice garden notes. All of this seems very compatible with the sourdough.

Experiences with these sorts of flavorings are invited, as is comment and criticism on improvement to this loaf.


bnom's picture

The first bread I ever made was a tomato bread when I was in high school about 35 years ago.  I remember it having a delicious tang and nice texture. Can't think of where I got the recipe (one of those hippie cookbooks probably). Don't know why I never attempted it again but you've inspired me to try. 

I do remember the bread was pretty red -- probably used tomato sauce instead of water.

korish's picture

This is wonderful looking bread. I also like to experiment with different styles of bread, not always a success as shown in my previous bake, But it's always fun to try.