Tomato Cheddar Bread

February 9, 2014mayurisjikoni
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Tomato Cheddar Bread

Tomato Cheddar Bread baked with tomato paste, cheese, spices and herbs is simply a flavourful and delicious bread. Enjoy with some soup or use it to make sandwiches.

Generally Tomato Cheddar Bread is made by adding sun dried tomatoes and cheddar to the bread dough. However, the one I make is different. I add very thick tomato paste (Cirio gives good flavour), to the dough along with cheddar cheese and a few spices and herbs. The overall result is simply delicious.


Trial And Error

The first time I baked Tomato Cheddar Bread it was a total disaster! The dough became too soft and unmanageable. Had to pat it in a baking sheet and baked it like a flatbread. Second trial, added less water but this time round it lacked flavour. Third time round got it pretty perfect. Over time have baked it replacing a bit of plain or all purpose flour with wholewheat flour. Nowadays, I bake it totally with wholewheat flour. Though the rise is limited compared to baking it with plain flour, it is a rustic flavorful bread.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in in wheat. In the world of bread baking gluten is your best friend. It is Gluten that holds the bread together, creating that airy network. In fact it is Gluten that traps air bubbles during fermentation and gives bread that unique texture. Specifically, Gluten is formed when two wheat proteins glutenin and gliadin get hydrated by liquid or water.

Why Add Vital Wheat Gluten Powder to Bread Dough

While in the western countries, there are different types of flours available, places like Kenya and India don’t offer a variety in the supermarkets. The wholewheat flour and plain flour (all purpose flour) has low gluten making them ideal for cakes, biscuits, cookies and flatbreads. In Kenya, the wholewheat flour and plain flour have medium gluten content making them fairly good for bread baking. We sometimes need to add cornflour to the flours for cookies and softer cakes.

As I mentioned above, gluten is important for breads as it forms that airy network to and helps in giving it a good texture. Adding gluten makes the breads, especially wholewheat ones, much lighter and less dense.

Where to Buy Vital Wheat Gluten From

I’d got my first batch of vital gluten powder from a baking school in Bangalore. The second time round I ordered it online from Amazon in Canada. During my trip to Nairobi in Feb, my brother in law a fantastic sourdough bread baker, gave me a whole kg of gluten. This is definitely going to last me a long time. Vital Gluten Powder or Vital Wheat Gluten is not easily available in the supermarkets.

How Much Vital Wheat Gluten to use?

Generally 1 tbsp of vital wheat gluten is added to 3 cups of flour. However, use how much a recipe specifies.

Some More Bread Recipes You May Want To Check Out


By redoing old posts, I’m able to rewrite my post in a better manner and most importantly, update the photos. The Group Foodies_Redoing Old Posts, started by Renu helps the members to make an effort to update old posts. Without this group, I probably would not have focused on redoing old posts. Redoing at least two posts a month is bringing to light all the old posts. When I share the posts on Social Media it is amazing how followers and friends think its a totally new post on the blog. On my list from Renu’s blog is Spinach Spiced Sourdough Discard Bread. I have quite a bit of sourdough discard sitting in the fridge.

Updated on 19/02/2021. First Published on 09/02/2014

Ingredients Required For Tomato Cheddar Bread

  • Flour – I’ve used wholewheat flour. You can use all purpose flour or half of both. Need to make the dough and also extra flour for dusting.
  • Vital Wheat Gluten – required if you use only wheat flour.
  • Tomato Paste – thick tomato paste or tomato concentrate. I use either the Cirio brand or the local Kenylon one.
  • Yeast – I prefer using instant active dried yeast. If you use active dried yeast that is not instant then you need to all the yeast to ferment first in warm water before adding to the dough.
  • Salt 
  • Garlic Powder – optional
  • Dried Herbs – I use whichever I have at hand. Preferred one is Dried Mixed Herbs.
  • Chilli Flakes – add according to your taste.
  • Warm Water 
  • Olive oil – to add in the dough, and for smearing on the dough, bowl and baking tray.
  • Cheddar Cheese – mild or mature, according to your preference. Cut into little cubes.



Tomato Cheddar Bread baked with tomato paste, cheese, spices and herbs is simply a flavourful, delicious bread. Enjoy with some soup or use it to make sandwiches.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine International
Servings 1 loaf


  • 3 cups wholewheat flour
  • 1 tbsp vital wheat gluten
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 2 tsp instant dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • ¼ cup tiny cheddar cheese cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • extra flour for dusting
  • extra oil for greasing


  • Put the flour in a big bowl. Add salt, sugar, vital wheat gluten, garlic powder, mixed herbs, chilli flakes and yeast. Mix well.
  • Add oil  and tomato paste to the flour and mix into the flour.
  • Add the warm water and make a dough.
  • Knead the dough for 10 to 15 minutes or use the kneading machine.
  • Lightly oil the bowl and make the dough into a ball. Rub oil over it.
  • Place the dough in the bowl and cover it with a cling film or a damp tea towel.
  • Place the dough in a warm place. Let it rise till its double the size. This will take about 1-1½ hours depending on how humid and warm your place is.
  • Dust a board or worktop very lightly with flour. Place the dough on it and knead it gently for a few seconds.
  • Add the cheese cubes and fold gently.
  • Grease a loaf tin (9X5 inch) or a baking tray with little oil.
  • Place the dough in the prepared tin. Or you can shape it into a round ball and place it on the greased baking tray.
  • Cover it with a damp tea towel and allow the bread to rise. If you've shaped it into a ball, best to cover it with a big bowl.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Gently brush the top with milk or water.
  • Place the risen dough in the oven to bake. BAke at 200°C for 10 minutes.Then lower the temperature and bake further for 20-25 minutes or till the top is dark golden brown.
  • When you tap the bottom of the bread, it should sound hollow if its done.
  • Place the loaf on a wire rack to cool.
  • Serve with soup or use it to make sandwiches.


  • Make the dough into any shape you like.
  • Add sliced olives if you like.
  • Use a cheese of your choice.
  • Can add pine nuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for added crunch.
  • Knead the dough well till it is smooth.
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  • Shweta Agrawal

    February 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Omg world is so small I too studied in mount about Sophia….man nothing beats channa jor garam of Rajasthan…so glad to meet you 🙂

  • Remya Elizabeth Anish

    February 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    nice to see u through Rafees space….Love ur tomato cheddar bread…..

  • Seema Sriram

    February 28, 2021 at 9:55 am

    5 stars
    As for bakes, I will totally follow your recipe as they are so detailed. This time I have a question. What is vital gluten? How can i do without it?

    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 28, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you so much Seema, where you are you will definitely get wheat flour that has enough gluten. When I’m in Canada I buy the wheat flour from the supermarket so am sure it must be the same where you live. Don’t use the Indian wheat flour we get for parathas and rotis.

      1. Sujata Roy

        March 2, 2021 at 5:12 am

        5 stars
        Mayuri you are so expert in bread baking. I am a big fan of your bread recipes. And you have a large collection of different types of bread. This tomato cheddar bread looks awesome. So well explained recipe. Can’t wait to try. Can I use xanthan gum instead of wheat gluten?

      2. mayurisjikoni

        March 2, 2021 at 6:50 pm

        Thank you so much Sujata. I personally have not used xanthan gum in my baking so have no idea but I’ve read that it can replace it. If you try please let me know how it works out for you.

  • Archana

    March 1, 2021 at 9:39 am

    5 stars
    Wow! what an impressive list of bread you have Mayuri! Absolutely love them all but will need time to go through them will come back later. I am not happy with the whole wheat bread I bake and I guess that is because of the protein content.
    Will love to try making a small batch of tomato cheddar bread as not sure if my whole wheat will work.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 1, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, as I mentioned for the Indian wheat flour you need to add extra vital gluten. Also use chakki atta.

  • Sowmya

    March 4, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    5 stars
    Tomato and cheddar add amazing flavour to bread. After reading your post, I am so tempted that I need to bake a loaf asap! Lovely list of breads you have on your blog!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 4, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much Somya. Please do try the recipe am sure you’ll love the flavours.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    March 5, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    5 stars
    A bread with thick tomato paste, cheedar cheese, spices and herbs sounds so very flavorful ! Best part is that it is made using whole wheat flour. Can’t wait to give it a try. Totally in love with your bread varieties !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 5, 2021 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam and please do try the recipe.

  • Renu

    March 6, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    5 stars
    I like to enjoy such savoury bread where the flavours are infused in the bread itself and you do not need anything else except the bread. I like that it is with cheese and herbs, one of my favourites. Loved the bread and beautiful texture.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you so much Renu. I too am partial to breads that have the flavours infused into the bread.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    March 7, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    5 stars
    Tomato Cheddar Bread looks awesome and flavoursome. Loved the use of tomato flavour in it. I am yet to make these at home, bookmarking to make sometime Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 7, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

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