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Sundried Tomato Bread (Bread Maker recipe)

A recipe for a tasty sundried tomato breadmaker bread and a review of the Sage Custom Loaf Pro

Real Bread Week

As well as National Vegetarian Week this is Real Bread Week. A time to promote homemade bread made with love and no hidden nasties.

Homemade Bread

I've not made homemade bread for such a long time.

I've had bread makers in the past and I've gone through periods of making bread by hand too, but I got out of the habit. I think the last time I made dough by hand was probably pizza dough.

I do love the process of making bread by hand, but I can never seem to make the time.

Between my job, my blog, the websites and magazines I write for, my family and housework, it's really hard to fit it all in, hence no bread making.

I have a new bread maker. Sage kindly sent me their Custom Loaf Pro.

I hummed and hawed over it. Did I really want to try another bread maker? I've had two before and gave them away after getting totally frustrated with them. For some reason I said yes and I'm totally won over.


So why did I hate bread makers before, but love this one?

Custom Loaf Pro leaves a small blade hole.

Past Bread Makers

  • I struggled to fit the pan.
  • I struggled to take out the pan
  • The loaves were pretty small.
  • I could never get out the paddle and when I did they left a stonking big hole.
  • I was underwhelmed with the loaves and the crust.

    Custom Loaf Pro

    • The pan slips in and out with ease.
    • There is a choice of 4 loaf sizes from 0.5kg up to 1.25kg.
    • This is the best part and I don't know how they do it, but the paddle folds flat in the second part of the bake and doesn't leave a big hole.
    • The loaf slips out the pan quite easily and there is only a small hole.
    • There is a choice of different crusts.

    Sage Custom Loaf Pro

    This is super easy to use with it's light up display. You use the big button to scroll through your choices and then click it to set your choices.

    The book that comes with it has a great range of recipes that are easy to follow. It even tells you what order to put everything in. You can start with these then tweak them to create your own recipes.

    The automatic and manual programs include basic, whole wheat, rapid (bread in under 2 hours),
    gluten free, crusty loaf, sweet yeast free, bread dough, pizza dough, bake only, jam and 9 custom programs to create and save your own bread settings.

    The coolest thing (apart from the collapsible blade) is the automatic dispenser where you add all your extras, then the machine adds them at the right moment. And ......  you can set the program to bake, so you can wake up to freshly baked bread.

    The loaves I've made so far are so, so fluffy, but really crisp on the outside. It's hard not to keep eating it.

    Sundried Tomato Bread 

    This loaf is a sundried tomato bread. I tweaked the recipe from the book that came with the bread maker. I made it half and half white and wholemeal and used dried parsley and chives. It was fabulous.

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    Sundried Tomato Bread
    This is a simple, but flavourful loaf made in a bread maker.
    • 375 ml warm water
    • 2 tbsp oil (from the sundried tomato jar)
    • 1 ½ tsp salt
    • 1 ½ tbsp caster sugar
    • 300 g white bread flour
    • 300 g wholemeal bread flour
    • 1 tsp dried parsley
    • 1 tsp dried chives
    • 1 ½ tsp active dry yeast
    • 50 g sundried tomatoes
    1. Pour all the ingredients into the bread pan, bar the sundried tomatoes. You must put them the ingredients in, in the order given and don't let the yeast touch liquid.2. Pop the pan in the bread maker and shut the lid.3. Chop and dry the sundried tomatoes on kitchen paper, before adding to the automatic dispenser.4. Set the maker to basic loaf & medium crust.5. Start and leave it to bake.6. Remove the pan with an oven glove, then ease the loaf out of the pan and leave to cool on a baking rack.7. Enjoy!
    Total time:
    Yield: Makes 1kg loaf

    The Sage Custom Loaf Pro comes in at £249.95, but John Lewis have it on sale for £199.95 just now, which is quite a saving.

    Want to make bread by hand?

    Try this light rye bloomer with tips on making a sponge starter.

    Disclosure: Sage sent me a bread maker to review. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


    1. Oh, this looks so delicious, Jacqueline! My boyfriend is the biggest fan of sundried tomatoes ever, so I need to make this bread for him. :-)

      Sina from

      1. It was really good, so fluffy and light but with a really good crisp crust.

    2. Sun-dried tomato bread sounds delicious! Bread making is one thing I'm definitely not good at! Need to work on that :P

      1. This maker makes it easy Nadia. I have another loaf baking just now.

    3. Not made sun dried tomato bread since I reviewed my bread maker about five years ago! Looks like this model produces a lovely loaf!

      1. Yes the loaf was gorgeous and made really good toast as well as fresh.

    4. I love sundried tomato bread! I've got a breadmaker and every so often I use it quite a lot and then it sits neglected for a while. I think it's great that the paddle folds down in this one so it doesn't leave a hole.

      1. I think the thing is to keep it out and get into the habit with it. Well at least I am going to try that.

    5. The bread looks amazing - I had a bread maker for a while and the hole in the loaf really annoyed me so I just really like how the hole in this one is much smaller.

      1. Boy that annoyed me so much, it was such a good design. It's pretty nifty that this one folds itself down.

    6. Must give this a go. Looks & sounds amazing x

    7. I'm a big fan of Sage Appliances, I have their waffle maker and it's great! My Mum owns a bread maker but it's not as fancy as this one, it's still great to make your own homemade bread!

      1. Yes definitely, much nicer bread and I agree Sage are a good brand.

    8. This looks and sounds amazing. I think I'll have to give this a go xx

      1. Yes do Susan and let me know what you think. We really enjoyed it.


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