Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I'm on a Diet: Green Tomato Bread

Y'all, I'm on a diet. But not the kind you're thinking of. There are no rice cakes in the house, no point counting, no low-calorie frozen meals.  Instead, I'm on a good food diet.  Since I'm also on a budget, I try to use what I've got without wasting.

This week, here's what I've got:

Yeah, it's a boat load of tomatoes. We had a freeze last Friday night, so that morning, we picked the last of the tomatoes. Many more than I'd ever thought possible.

And while I love fried green tomatoes, I think it's safe to say that even the best good food diet doesn't include one hundred of them in a week unless you're training for upcoming food-binge contest.

So I've searched the webs for ideas, and the first I thought I'd try is green tomato bread.  Think of it as zucchini bread except with 'maters.

It's actually quite delicious, despite being kind of a sickly green color when I popped the batter in the oven.  The top crust is crispy and really satisfying while the inside is moist, a little tart, and not super tomato-y at all. Plus, I have this smug feeling right now since my dessert actually contained a vegetable, I mean, fruit.

Green Tomato Bread
 inspired by Cooking With Michele
1/2 c butter, melted
2 c pureed green tomato, drained
3 eggs
2 c sugar (can be reduced if desired)
1 c plain yogurt
1 or 2 tsp vanilla
3 c flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

1. Mix together the butter, tomato, eggs, sugar, yogurt, and vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, soda, and salt.
3. Bring the wet and dry together in a large bowl.
4. Pour batter into 2 greased loaf pans or one larger brownie pan (you know, a square one).
5. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.  

You can add more winter-y spices like nutmeg or cloves if you wish.  

Everyone in my family loved this bread. Enjoy!

Shared at The All Star Block Party.


  1. That's a heck of a lot of tomatoes! But the bread looks delicious :D

  2. Hm! I might actually like this bread..

  3. What a great call! I've got a bunch of green tomatoes, so this is definitely on the agenda now. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I can't wait to try this. I know my husband will love this.

  5. Wow you always see fruit loaves but I didn't ever really consider tomatoes as a good fruit to put in! Looks delicious =) Reminds me of my grampa's tomato garden. We would have literally hundreds of tomatoes, I used to eat em like apples and dunk em in a little bit of salt. Mmm delicious. Great post =)

  6. Wow. That's a lot of tomatoes. The bread sounds great!

  7. It's in the oven now, and it smells delicious. Can't wait! Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. Now that is yummy. And it will go great with my coffee in the morning.

    2. I'm really glad you enjoyed it! The kids have l iked it a lot.


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