Zesty Pesto-Tomato Baguettes

Zesty Pesto-Tomato Baguettes

Pesto and sun-dried tomatoes add the wow to the aroma and flavor of homemade bread.

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to 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal® Better for Bread™ flour or Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
tablespoons sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
package regular active or fast-acting dry yeast
cup very warm water (120°F to 130°F)
cup basil pesto
cup coarsely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil), drained
egg, beaten
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired
  1. In large bowl, mix 1 cup of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast. Stir in water until blended. Stir in pesto and tomatoes. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
  2. Place dough on lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat. Knead about 8 minutes or until smooth and springy. Grease large bowl with shortening or cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover; let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. (If using fast-acting yeast, do not let rise 1 hour; cover and let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.)
  3. Grease large cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray. On lightly floured surface, roll dough into 16x12-inch rectangle. Cut dough crosswise in half. Beginning at 12-inch side, roll up each half of dough tightly. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Taper ends slightly.
  4. Place loaves 3 inches apart on cookie sheet. Make 3 or 4 diagonal slashes, 1/4 inch deep, across tops of loaves with sharp knife. Cover; let rise in warm place 30 to 40 minutes or until double.
  5. Heat oven to 375°F. Brush egg over tops of loaves. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool.
Makes 2 loaves (8 slices each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
For great yeast bread results, try these Gold Medal® flour varieties: Gold Medal® Better for Bread™ flour and Gold Medal® whole wheat flour.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Slice)
  • Calories 140
    • (Calories from Fat 35),
  • Total Fat 4g
    • (Saturated Fat 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 270mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 21g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 2g),
  • Protein 4g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.