Today we have a tomato fest. Twenty pounds of fresh, ripe tomatoes will dry down to just one pound of sun-dried tomatoes. So six tbsps total in both these recipes should amount to quite a few pounds of fresh, one would think. Sun-dried tomato gives this bread a wonderful aroma and the peppercorns lend a kick. You could even have it as a snack with tea.

This bread can be made with or without a sourdough starter.

If using 1/2 cup stiff sourdough (same hydration as final dough), reduce the wholewheat flour by 1/3 cup, the water by 3 tbsp and yeast by 1/4 tsp.


(one 2-pound loaf)

1 cup whole wheat flour
0.5 cup whole grain coarse cornmeal
** or more whole wheat flour
2.5 cups bread flour (or unbleached all-purpose flour)
1 and 1/3 cup water
1/4 cup packed sun-dried tomatoes
2 tsps peppercorns crushed coarsely
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp chopped garlic
1.5 tbsps maple syrup (or honey)
2 tsps active dry yeast
1.5 tsps salt
1 tsp lemon juice

1. If the sun-dried tomatoes are packed in oil, drain well and chop. If dry, soak in hot water for 10 minutes, drain well and chop. Crush the peppercorns coarsely with a mortar and pestle or rolling pin.

2. Warm the water (10 to 15 seconds in the microwave). When it is lukewarm (not more than 105 F, just warmer than your hand), add the yeast and 1 tsp. maple syrup. Stir and set aside for five minutes. It should get foamy.

3. Add the the flours, the remaining maple syrup/honey, followed by the rest of the ingredients, with the yeast mix at the top.

4. Knead for 6-8 minutes until you get a smooth, elastic ball of dough. If it is too dry, add 1 tbsp. water at a time. If it is too wet, add 1 tbsp. flour at a time.

5. Put it in a large bowl, cover the bowl with a plate, or oiled cling wrap, and keep it in a warm place until doubled in quantity. (one to 1.5 hours)

6. Grease a loaf pan.

7. Punch the dough down gently, knead it a bit, shape it into a loaf, and place it (seam side down) in the loaf pan. (See instructions for shaping here)

8. Cover it with a floured tea towel and let it rise again until almost doubled (about 40-45 minutes).

9. Preheat oven to 375 F with a rack in the middle.

10. Slash the loaf across the top to let out steam.

11. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the loaf is golden and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

12. Let it cool for a couple of minutes, prod it gently out of the pan, and let it cool another 15 minutes on a wire rack.

This is our entry for Susan’s YeastSpotting.

… with Lima Bean-Tomato Hummus

1/3 cup dried baby lima beans (sometimes called butter beans) or 1 cup canned
3 tbsps tahini (raw sesame paste)
3 tbsps. lemon (or lime) juice
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes
**drained if soaked in oil
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
a sprinkling of paprika
salt to taste

1. Soak the dried beans for 8 hours. Rinse and cook them with plenty of water and salt on the stove top or in a pressure cooker. When you press one between your fingers, it should mash easily. Drain the beans (you should have about a cup) and save the cooking liquid. If using canned, drain the beans and rinse them well under running water.

2. Add everything except the paprika. Blend for 10 seconds or so, then pulse it to a not too coarse paste. Add some of the cooking liquid if necessary to get a dip-like consistency.

3. Adjust the salt and lemon juice, sprinkle the paprika and serve.

This is our entry for Chutney/Dip Mania @ Ramya’s Mane Adige.

-Bee and Jai

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  1. Shankari says:

    I was thinking of you both and just logged in to say hi. Dang, the bread looks really soft…. I normally don’t have the patience to bake bread at home, but this is calling me.

  2. Raaga says:

    I was just thinking about making sun dried tomatoes or at least buying myself a jar :) and here you come with this bread. :)

  3. Margie says:

    As if one were not beautiful enough, you give us two.

    The bread is stunning and is on my list for baking. I LOVE how you have incorporated the pepper!

    Oh, and the hummus has my mouth watering overtime. These are both so lovely.

  4. Meeta says:

    ummm! this is something that’s just up my alley! i do like the sound of both bread and hummus. Funnoly enough I bought lima beans yesterday!

  5. Happy Cook says:

    Wowo beautiful and delicious bread. I should start makinf savoury breads than always the same plain ones.

  6. Padmaja says:

    One thing I absolutely find out of my reach is baking Bee and your recipes about bread makes it all look so simple.. Had few baking bread disasters when my bread turn out like bricks… he he….
    This bread is so heavenly…. Hope I can turn my bread into something like this

  7. Mamatha says:

    The loaf of bread looks perfect! I can’t wait to try this hummus, but I used my last can of butter beans last night :(
    I sound like a broken record, but your pictures look so elegant – the first one is just so classy!

  8. Soma says:

    LOve the sundried tomtotoes in about anything. Both of these recipes are going to my “to make” list. Never thought of making hummus with lima beans!

    Those little things where u put the peppercorn & tomato are so cute.

  9. Hummus looks delicious!! Am def gonna try the recipe… thanx for the wonderful entry!! :)

    And the bread sounds so flavorful and delicious! But I dont think I’ll ever get myself to bake one….. My baking attempts are always a disaster :P

  10. Bhavana says:

    must try this bread this weekend – I am getting very hungry just looking at it :)

  11. Deb says:

    I am already imagining enjoying this bread, slightly toasted, spread with a savory hummus (home made, lima bean based or otherwise)and an ice cold glass of winter ale alongside.

    It is unusually warm here just now so the chilled winter ale appeals more than the hot tea. Tomato, tomahto.

    Point of clarification – did you use a grade B syrup for the added layers of flavor it affords or is that so incidental it would not matter?

    grade b always. it’s cheaper too.

  12. Rashmi says:

    Bee,I am going to make this..and i know i am going to love it…i brought some sun dried tomatoes recently,intially for making your sundried tomatoe rolls,but now after seeing this, i think i will go for both… made sundried tomatoes in home….wow!Bee you rock..i just just love ur blog….

    we didn’t make them at home, but they’re quite simple to make if you get good sunlight for a week at a stretch.

  13. Rachna says:

    im so not into baking breads… just never tried… but the savoury additions of sun dried tomatoes and peppercorns looks so inviting and the thought of having this with hummus and tea, hmm yum yum yum….

  14. Asha says:

    Had quite a trouble loading your page today!!

    Glad I am in. Love the bread, looks perfect. Hummus to slather on, yummy! I baked a Pizza too last week and posted it, now I am on to brownies! :D

    Have a fun weekend.

  15. Cham says:

    After seeing ur breads , I realized the bread can also have a beautiful makeover :) Very aromatic and slightly spicy which is great. I got to try this one without the starter…

  16. Aparna says:

    This one sounds good and the flecks of tomato in the bread are very appealing.
    But I guess I have to wait for the sun to get brighter and hotter to dry some tomatoes!

  17. Suganya says:

    I love the intense tomato-ey flavor sun-dried tomato offers. I am getting better (ever so slightly) at homemade breads. I will definitely give this a try.

  18. Cialntro says:

    I haven`t ventured into baking breads and all the lovely posts do want me to make them. I am planning to start soon. When I am done making the plain bread then probably will try out the others. The combination of the sun dried tomatoes and pepper sound too good to me.

  19. aquadaze says:

    Lima beans hummus is a new one to me…sun dried tomatoes must add a lovely twist to the flavour. And i totally cracked up reading the quote :) )

  20. ashwini says:

    wow, hummus looks perfect and yummy..Bread looks very tempting…Never tried baking a bread.. will give a try sometime when i am feeling confident:-)

  21. shilpa says:

    Cool..Love it. I will have to try this…

  22. Manasi says:

    U guys rock! THis is so mouthwatering! (and baking it SO completely out of my depth :( )

  23. Jamie says:

    This bread looks wonderful. I love sun-dried tomatoes, and am always looking for recipes to use them in!

  24. sunita says:

    What a lovely loaf…I love sundried tomatoes in bread.

    Have a great weekend :-)

  25. Paz says:

    Mmmm… I’d love to taste this.


  26. Bharti says:

    That is exactly my kind of foooood! That is making me super hungry.

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  28. I can imagine how good this bread would be in a sandwich with fresh basil and mozzarella cheese!

  29. PG says:

    Looks so good! I bet it tastes wonderful! I ave never made hummus before. yours looks perfect. I love dried tomatoes in every way. I always have a good stock of them in the fridge and in the freezer! Of course mine are not home grown. Alas!

  30. sara says:

    This looks amazing! Great flavor combos. Yum. :)

  31. kalva says:

    lovely flavors… love the bread.. not to mention great pics..

  32. deeba says:

    As I type this, I have a kilo of halved tomatoes sitting in the oven attempting to become sun-dried without the sun! Shall try this tempting bread once the weather warms up a bit Bee. Even the hummus is very interesting…YUM POST!

  33. Maninas says:

    mmmm love that hummus! and the bread

  34. Rohit says:

    I am relatively a new comer in the world of home made breads :)

    My dough is not getting elastic enough even after kneading to the best of my ability. It gets sticky, and very starchy, and it seems to lack any gluten whatsoever !!

    My suspicion is that my flour is not right. Perhaps do you have an idea from where to get high gluten flour in India, Bangalore, which will be suitable for making breads ? My flour will not even stretch, no matter what efforts one might put on it.

    one of the causes of stickiness could be over-kneading. unfortunately, we don’ know about the flours available in bangalore.

  35. maryann says:

    This bread is a winner ;)

  36. musical says:

    Purrrrrrfect! The loaf is looking so golden and inviting!

  37. Chris says:

    Wow, what a recipe! I usually don’t bother making bread, what with all these fantastic loaves in the market nowadays. But if it’s going to be this flavorful and delicious, then why not? You have inspired me to make my own bread, even without a baking stone or starters :)

  38. Rupa says:

    Absolutely stunning !

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe !!!!

  39. Jeanne says:

    Oh, I think I’m in love with this recipe. I really need to branch out into making more exciting flavours of hummus, and I *need* this bread on my table!

    I know you don’t do memes & I don’t expect you to pass it on – but I named you for one of the billion blog accolades that permanently circle the blogosphere. It’s the thought that counts ;-)

  40. I think this would be a way I could enjoy lima beans! I can smell the bread now.

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  42. Sunshinemom says:

    This seems a very easy one – thanks! I love sundried tomatoes but it is really too expensive to indulge in a jar here, esp. knowing that in a matter of three or four days the jar will be wiped clean!! I made the usual chickpea hummus yest. Your variation looks good.

  43. Manju says:

    I tried the sun-dried tomato and peppercorn bread yesterday but forgot to score it before baking and yet it came out superb! I followed the recipe to the T, except for adding a few fresh herbs,and it rose beautifully and the taste was awesome!
    I just had one tiny problem and this is something I face everytime I make any yeast bread despite reducing the amount of yeast – there’s a fairly strong smell of yeast (despite any herbs added to mask the smell/taste) and an ever so slight bitter taste to the bread, presumably becoz of the yeast. I was just curious to know if you’ve faced this in your bread-baking ever and/or have any suggestions. Thanks so much

    do you you use fresh yeast? we use dried yeast. never faced that problem.

  44. Miri says:

    Beautiful bread and a really interesting hummus – what a lovely combination!

  45. Lori says:

    I made your bread today. I loved it. Nice and hearty but light at the same time. I posted it today with links to you. I hope that is okay.

    I have a question about the lemon though. Does it ahve a chemical affect or is it mainly for flavor?

    it’s just for flavour. glad you liked the bread.

  46. Kay says:

    ok, I just have to ask this last question about the cookware… that loaf pan looks GREAT! And looks like it’s not nonstick too.

    Bee and Jai, What is it made of? Do you have to grease them? I use two pyrex loaf pans and have to use the parchment paper every single time I bake bread.

    it’s stainless steel. need to be greased well. i usually place a silicon loaf pan inside and use this for support, but you can use it as it is with oil.

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