Monday, August 02, 2010

Upside Down Tomato Bread

Upside Down Tomato Bread

Summer has hit me hard. I'm not talking about the heat, although there is that to contend with. I'm talking about the fact that I'd rather be outside on the patio, playing with my little guy in his wading pool and catching fireflies, than sitting inside chained to a desk. You read that right, folks: I've got a severe case of writer's block. And not even this amazing, flavorful, gooey, chewy, crusty Upside Down Tomato Bread is pulling me out of my funk.

Upside Down Tomato Bread

I don't think I can sing this bread's praises loudly enough. Do any of you Chapel Hillians remember Franklin Street Pizza and Pasta? Do you remember the jar of warm garlic knots they kept by the register? This bread reminds me of those, but it's better. Tomatoes are in season, and while tomato sandwiches have been making an appearance a lot lately this was also a great way to use those bright, red globes of sunshine. A friend on Facebook recently wrote in her status update: Give a girl a tomato and she'll eat for a day. Give a girl a tomato plant and she'll eat for a summer. So true, my friend. (And boy am I glad that a girl can also live off her Daddy's rows of tomato plants.)

Upside Down Tomato Bread

Don't be put of by the long lists of ingredients and instructions. This bread was easy as pie to put together. Plus if you've been reading long you know that I struggle with yeast. This bread, however, gave me no problems. It tastes a lot like pizza, obviously, but if you're like me and love the cheese and crust of the pizza the most this is the recipe for you.

The recipe for Upside-Down Tomato Basil Bread can be found at Simmer Till Done.

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27 comments:

  1. Sun-ripened tomatoes are just coming in. The sweet and juicy heirlooms I picked up Saturday would be perfect for this.

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  2. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I've never seen anything like it but the huge bowl of tomatoes sitting on our counter will be right at home in the recipe. YUM

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  3. I have never tried anything like this and I was intrigued by your title! Looks like an awesome recipe, and anything with bread, cheese and tomatoes is a winner in my book. :) Plus, I actually love working with yeast!

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  4. Wow, how interesting how this bread is put together...something that I'd definitely give a try :-)

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  5. I am making this tomorrow. Thank you so much for posting this. Seriously, I am trying to come up with our weekly menu and I just scratched off "lasagna" from tomorrow's dinner. I am making this instead.

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  6. wow...healthy, picture perfect bread!!!

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  7. Oh my gosh the bread looks fabulous!!! I checked out the recipe too. Thanks for sharing this one, I'm definitely going to make this one. Perfect summer bread!

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  8. what a unique bread! not only does it completely deliver in appearance, but it must be absolutely delicious. darn my brown thumb and the distance between me and my family's prosperous garden!! :)

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  9. that looks so good! i think i need to make this soon.

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  10. I'm not sure about the tomatoes but it does look good and you've almost convinced me that I shouldn't be put off by them.

    Btw, for someone with writer's block you did a heck of a job here.
    ~ingrid

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  11. Hi Abby,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me such sweet comments. I allreciate them! I've heard Ingrid talk about you too and I've been to your site a couple times I've never left a comment til now.

    This bread is so unique and delicious. I love that the bread pasrt is rolled up into spirals- it's pretty too!

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  12. this really makes me miss deep dish pizza!! YUM!

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  13. That looks fantastic! It's going on the must make this summer list. Thanks!

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  14. I'm totally with you on the tragedy of being chained to a desk during summer. Soul-crushing! But having the taste of summer after work, at dinner-time, when you can eat something as seasonal as this? Almost makes it okay. :)

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  15. Ah Franklin St. Pizza and Pasta garlic knots...if this tastes anything like those, you've got a winner!

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  16. Oh my, that looks so great. I also am challenged by baking bread. This recipe just screams summer to me. Yum.

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  17. Oh wow this looks so yummy!! Mmm!

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  18. I hear you Abby, I have been hard pressed to sit at a desk myself most of this summer. I just got back into the swing this past couple of weeks. Sooo glad you posted this one & sat down long enough to make me wish I could dine at your home for a slice of this delicious looking bread. Hope the rest of your summer is not too heated. Enjoy!

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  19. I so cannot wait for ripe tomatoes out of my garden now. Delish!!

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  20. Can't wait to try this with my heirlooms....mmmm fabulous!

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  21. So glad you enjoyed the bread. Happy Baking!

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  22. Thank you, Marilyn! It's a fabulous recipe.

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  23. oh gawd this is making my mouth drool, yum!!

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  24. This looks absolutely delicious! Many of your recipes do!

    Maryann from a foodgasm. : )

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  25. I made this with some of my fresh garden tomatoes twice this summer and it was a huge hit! Thanks for sharing - deeeeelicious!

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  26. So glad you liked it, Carina!

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