Zesty Pesto-Tomato Baguettes

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

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 35 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

3
to 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ Better for Bread™ flour or Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
tablespoons sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1
package regular active or fast-acting dry yeast
1
cup very warm water (120°F to 130°F)
1/3
cup basil pesto
1/3
cup coarsely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil), drained
1
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.

Expert Tips

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

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
270mg
270%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
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.