Cheesy Sun Dried Tomato Quick Bread Recipe

cheesy sun dried tomato bread recipeLast week I showed you how to make sun dried tomatoes in the oven.  Once you make a batch, these gummy goodies will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks.  You can use them to top salads, pastas or rice.  But I wanted to try something a little bit different this time.

As usual I took a few different recipes, added my own touches, and came up with this delicious Cheesy Sun Dried Tomato Quick Bread.  It was a big hit at a recent girls’ get-together, as well as being very popular with my family.  We like it best spread with either cream cheese or butter, but I bet it would make a great toasted cheese sandwich as well!!

Cheesy Sun Dried Tomato Bread

Ingredients:

1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. Italian seasoning herb blend

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp. pepper

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups milk

1 Tbsp. vinegar

3 Tbsp. canola oil

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup shredded four cheese blend

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, baking soda and pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together milk and vinegar.  Stir in eggs and both oils.  Add to dry ingredients and stir, just until moistened.  Fold in cheese and sun dried tomatoes.

Pour into 2 medium loaf pans.  Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

 cheesy sun dried tomato bread recipeEnjoy!!

 

Homemade Croutons Recipe

Art and I are big fans of salads before dinner (check out my post about making your own salad bar).  They’re tasty and they help us fill up on the healthy stuff so we don’t eat too much dinner.  Art likes to put a lot of condiments on his salad but I usually like just a little bit of light dressing.

I am a sucker, however, for a good crouton.  Not the tiny kind you buy in a box at the supermarket.  The big crunchy homemade kind you get in a good restaurant.  Every once in a while I like to make them for myself as a special treat.

This recipe is so incredibly easy.  You can use any robust, slightly stale bread (I used my Cheesy Herb Bread).  If your bread isn’t stale, you can “stale” it in a 350F oven for about 20 minutes.

Homemade Croutons Recipe

Ingredients:

4 or 5 slices of stale bread (like sourdough or your favorite robust (not airy) bread).

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. Italian seasoning (I eliminated this because I use that seasoning in my bread).

Directions:

Slice bread and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

Mix olive oil, onion powder, salt and Italian seasoning.

Drizzle mixture over cubes in a bowl.

Toss until thoroughly coated.

Spread cubes out on a cookies sheet.  Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

homemade croutons recipe

Enjoy!!