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Tomato Basil Bread Ring


Light, buttery, and finger-licking good, this bread makes a perfect centerpiece at a party. Once the first guest digs in, the rest will be history.


Prepare the Dough


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm (but not boiling) parve milk. Allow to stand and proof five minutes.


Whisk in the egg, tomato paste, oil, and kosher salt.


Add in one cup flour and mix well. Add in remaining flour and knead by hand to form a soft, sticky dough (it will form quite easily). Do not add more flour, or your dough will be too dense.


Grease a large bowl and place dough inside. Spray the dough with cooking spray. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for 45 minutes, until the dough doubles in volume.

Prepare the Spice Topping


Melt margarine in a small saucepan. Add onion, garlic, and spices and stir well. Remove from heat.

Shape and Bake


Divide the dough into eight pieces. Cut each piece into thirds and form into golf-sized balls.


Spray a 10-inch (26-centimeter) tube pan with cooking spray. Dip each ball into the spice mixture and place around the tube pan.


Cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.


Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius). Place the tube pan on the middle rack of your oven and bake for 25 minutes.


Cool in pan for five minutes, then transfer to a serving plate.


If using a disposable tube pan, line with a piece of aluminum foil so the liquid doesn’t drip.


Photography: Moishe Wulliger

Food Styling: Renee Muller