Spicy Tomato Bread

Yes, you read that right.  Spicy Tomato BreadI am not even kidding.

I’d never heard of such a thing when Red Gold Tomatoes asked me to review their product and try out one of their recipes.  Being the curious-minded cook that I am, though, and having all of the supplies in my pantry, I mustered up some courage and threw the odd combination of ingredients together.

Pretty.  Check.

Fragrant.  Check.

Moist.  Check.

Tasty…. (surprisingly), Check!

Spicy Tomato Bread

From Heartwarming Recipes for the Busy Cook (A Red Gold Cookbook)

  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. cooking oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes (I used petite diced tomatoes because that’s what they sent me.)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp each allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves (or 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds (toasted)
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
  1. Mix sugars, oil, and eggs.  Add tomatoes (undrained).  Stir well.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl.  Add to the tomato mixture.  Mix well.  Batter will be thin.
  3. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.  Sprinkle with the almonds.  Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until the center is done.  (I had to bake it almost an hour.)

Want to try some Indiana-based Red Gold tomato products for yourself?  Here’s the fun gift pack I received, and they want to send one to one of you, too!

Comment with your favorite way to eat tomatoes (recipe, style, whatever) and you’ll be entered to win. Bonus entry if you’ve ever made tomato bread!  Random.org will pick my winner on Friday, January 15 at about 8:00 PM.  Good luck!

Full Disclosure:  The goodies you see above were a gift.  I wasn’t compensated in any other way for this review.

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  1. Let’s see…I think my favorite way to eat tomatoes is in salsa. 🙂

  2. Interesting!
    My mom used to make Tomato Soup Cake, but I’ve never heard of using diced tomatoes in a quick bread recipe.
    Glad to know it was a success.

  3. That sounds quite interesting! I’d be willing to give it a try though. 😀 I love making spaghetti sauce or homemade tomato soup with canned tomatoes. 😀

  4. Deb Postma says:

    I like tomatoes with garlic and onion on pasta. It’s a quick and yummy meal in our house.

  5. I LOVE tomatoes!! I love them sliced in the summer, crushed for fresh spaghetti sauce, yum, yum, yum!!

  6. For an extra entry, I haven’t made tomato bread, but I do love a fresh tomato bagel at a local bagel shop. I imagine they are quite similar. Yum!

    Ps- this gift pack looks soooo fun!!

  7. My favorite way to eat tomatoes is in salsa! I’m addicted 🙂

  8. One of my favorite ways to use tomatoes is in pasta salad, salsa, and a spicy sausage pasta recipe I found online. Yum! I’ve never heard of using them in quick bread, though. Sounds interesting…

  9. Gotta say fresh tomato salsa is the best!

  10. My favorite way to eat tomatoes would be a toss-up between homemade tomato soup or my aunt’s mexican chili. Yummy – both of them!!

  11. And interestingly enough, I made a tomato bread just last week. It was the first time I’d ever made anything like that. I think I need to tweak the recipe a bit, but it was good. It had more of a biscuit base, but was baked in loaf pans.

  12. Fresh salsa! I use tomatoes a ton as a “base” for all sorts of recipes – they’re a staple!

  13. I like using canned tomatoes in homemade vegetable beef soup.

  14. my favorite way to eat tomatoes is super fresh just like an apple, from the can I like them in meat loaf or on pasta 🙂

  15. we love tomato basil bread… I bet this would be yummy too!

    We use tomatoes all the time, they are a staple at our place.

  16. My favorite is in salsa, but a close second would be with basil on top of pasta.

  17. I love spaghetti sauce, hot salsa, and tomato soup. (Not all together!) Mmmmm … it’s making me hungry for some tomatoes right now!!

  18. Homemade tomato basil soup — equal parts chicken broth and tomato sauce with diced onion, garlic, and fresh basil.
    Or just whole tomatoes with a sliced onion, green pepper, garlic and topped with parmesan cheese baked in the oven until it almost carmelizes — yummy.

  19. My favorite way to eat tomatoes is in salsa (in fact, we just had some with dinner tonight!) I use a can of mexican stewed tomatoes, garlic, jalepenos and lime juice and pulse together in blender – yum!

  20. Salsa is my favorite way to enjoy tomatoes. Thanks!

  21. My favorite way to use tomatoes is fresh off the vine, diced. Next favorite would be ones from my garden that get frozen and later turned into spaghetti sauce, spicy tomato juice (and then chili) and salsa. Thanks for the chance!

  22. my favorite way to use tomatoes is in bruschettas. Toast french broads with EVOO & garlic on it. Then when it’s done put a mix of tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar. Top of w/ salt and pepper, yum.

  23. Plain. I eat a sliced tomato almost every day of the year. I have gotten to where they just aren’t good enough in the winter to have them every day, but at least a few times a week. I can’t get enough tomatoes.

  24. Hi Amy! That sounds really good, and I’m looking forward to meeting you at BlissDom!

  25. Definately on my husband’s homemade pizza…YUM!

  26. tomato soup. Yum Yum.

    I have some a freshetta bread that included tomatoes.

  27. Sliced, with salt, fresh off the vine, on a fried egg sandwich. Next best is home-grown and home-canned tomato juice made into cream of tomato soup, with grilled cheese sandwiches. The song “Home-grown Tomatoes” says it all.

  28. My favorite way to eat tomatoes–like Maria, on a sandwich–except I like a nice ripe tomato slice on top of a boiled eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, and whole wheat bread!

  29. My favorite way– my home canned pizza sauce.

  30. My favorite way to eat tomatoes is warm from the garden with a bit of salt. They are nearly heaven this way!

  31. I LOVE tomatoes! My current favorite is eating them fresh (preferably from my garden, but it’s winter now…) in homemade salsa!

  32. I love chunks of tomatoes in my chili.

  33. Our FAVORITE way to eat tomatoes is in Spaghetti Pie. Click or copy the link for this fabulous recipe from Emeril Lagasse.


  34. In spaghetti sauce!

  35. Lately my favorite way to eat tomatoes is in Pasta e Fagoli soup that I make in the crock pot. But in the summer time it is frest tomatoes all the way, or in a BLT.. Mmmm!!!

  36. Oh my goodness, that bread looks delicious!

    Best way to eat a GOOD tomato (fresh from the garden, not the grocery store) is to slice it and sprinkle it with a little salt! I use grocery store tomatoes for soup since I always feel a little sad when they’re not as good fresh *L*

  37. Red Gold is my favorite brand for tomato products..they are really the best!

    My favorite way to eat tomatoes is fresh out of the garden, sliced, with a little salt on top!

  38. Courtney Baggett says:

    I LOVE using canned tomatoes and making my own pizza sauce! Simmer them on the stove and if not already crushed use an immersion blender. Add onion, garlic, and spices – yummy!

  39. Our household favorite is in pasta sauce – marinara, lasagna, etc.

  40. I love using diced tomatoes with green chiles in my 5 bean chili! I’ve never herd of Red Gold and I’d love to try them! Thanks for the chance for another giveway!

  41. fresh from the garden with a little salt. I just eat it like an apple. It is so good!

  42. My three boys LOVE tomatoes, they will eat them like apples, so we use tomatoes in everything from spaghetti to eggs! Salsa is a staple in our house and in the summer, fresh salsa is always on the table!

  43. I think my favorite way to eat tomatoes is either on bruschetta or in a good pasta sauce. I guess tomato bread should be good, as tomatoes are actually a fruit! =)

    • Huh — I never thought of it that way! I was shocked that there was no “tomato” taste in the bread. Just moist, yummy spices. That makes sense, though!

  44. There is nothing better than a fresh, homegrown tomato, still warm from the sun, sliced and served with a little sprinkle of salt. The only thing that compares is a blt on wheat toast with miracle whip, with homegrown tomatoes, of course!

  45. My husband makes THE BEST homemade salsa with diced tomatoes! It’s my favorite way to eat them!

  46. Fresh from the garden, actually still standing by the plant on which it was grown! However, I’m thankful, this year especially, for high quality canned tomatoes as our crop was poor and I wasn’t able to can any myself.

  47. My favorite way… and it’s hard to pick just one… is with pasta!

  48. Sheryl F. says:

    My favorite canned tomato is the petite diced tomato.

  49. My favorite way to eat tomatoes is in salsa… particularly my mom’s homemade fresh salsa. Yum!

  50. I live in Red Gold country. As a matter of fact, our last house was right across the street from one of their factories. But…I can’t say I’ve ever made tomato bread. I do love all things tomato, though. SOME of my favorite ways to eat them are sliced freshly off the vine, in salsa, bruschetta, macaroni and tomatoes, pizza…the list could go on and on – but I’ll refrain.

  51. I LOVE tomatoes! I use canned tomatoes when making soups, roasts–really whenever I can get away with adding them!

  52. My favorite way to eat tomatoes is in my homemade chili.

  53. Catherine says:

    I love cooking with canned tomatoes – making chili especially! I am kind of overloaded with cans at the moment, so maybe I’ll try this recipe! Sounds so crazy it just might be good. 🙂

  54. I add a can of “chili ready” tomatoes to my tuna noodle bake. YUMMY!!

  55. Olathe mom says:

    Another chili lover!

  56. I love roasted tomatoes! So good alone or in pasta.

  57. Michelle M. says:

    I love the basic macaroni & tomatoes. YUM!

  58. Any way is yummy to me! But my fav is fresh picked from the garden on a mayo bread slice & salt on top! Can’t wait for summer!

  59. I like to eat tomatoes fresh from the garden, with a little bit of salt.

  60. Our family makes tomato gravy and it is the best!!!

  61. Our favorites for tomatoes are salsa, pasta sauce or sliced and marinated with sliced onions in Italian salad dressing.

  62. We use tomatoes on so many things, but most of all, salsa. I make hot and mild, and every time I make it people ask me to make it for them. I once sold 60 jars at a craft show and people would have purchased more if I’d had it with me. I’ve made tomato bread and really liked it. It wasn’t very appealing until I tried it.

  63. I love fresh tomatoes on really good bread with a little mayo and maple black pepper!

  64. I love tomatoes…fresh off the vine, salsa, as pasta sauce, in your saucy skillet. Need I go on. What a fun giveaway. I tried this brand once and they were good.

  65. Judy Sorenson says:

    I love tomatoes just about any way I can get them. I have not seen this brand though.

  66. What an interesting bread! I have made tomato soup bread, which has similar ingredients. It ranks right up there with carrot cake and spice cake! Yummy! I have also seen green tomato preserves that you add raspberry jello to so tomatoes must be a pretty versatile vege!

    My FAVORITE way to eat tomatoes would be in spaghetti sauce. We use crushed tomatoes for our sauce. But I love whole canned tomatoes in my chili! I LOVE TOMATOES and can always find great ways to eat them often!

    Did you like the bread you made?

    • I do like it. It sounds super crazy, I know, but the “spice” is so much like pumpkin bread and it is very moist. Not sure that it’ll make our “regulars” list, but it is good.

  67. I’ve made sun dried tomato bread, but my favorite use of tomatoes is spaghetti sauce.

  68. I love chunk tomatoes in my chili!

  69. Jennifer Swanson says:

    Pasta. Hands down. Love pasta w/ tomato – fresh, sauce, etc.

  70. I am very intrigued by this recipe!! Will definitely have to give it a try! My favorite way to cook tomatoes is my dad’s “famous” venison chili recipe (with a few of our own special tweeks!)!

  71. I love their tomatoe products in homemade salsa during the winter when fresh ones are out of season! And in chili too!

  72. MichelleH says:

    We love tomatoes and eat them several times a week in many different ways. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be fresh, still warm from the sun, sliced, with mozzarella slices and fresh basil, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Summer on a plate!

  73. I honestly can’t think of a bad way to eat a tomato! I’m anxious to try tomato bread! Homemade tomato basil soup is a favorite way to stay warm right now. in the summer, just a slice of tomato with salt and pepper on toast is nummy! and there isn’t one pasta dish I make that doesn’t have tomatoes in it!

  74. My favorite way to eat a tomato…I like a garden-fresh tomato, chilled in the frig, smeared with some mayo and sprinkled with salt and pepper!

  75. This does sound interesting. Never used tomatoes in bread?

  76. I love to make my own salsa with tomatoes.

  77. teresa harris says:

    Hi~ we love tomatoes, and in the summer they are even better!! Never heard of tomatoe bread though. Sounds interesting! thanks~ teresa

  78. I haven’t met a tomato/tomato product that I do not like – the tomato bread will be a first for me but I’m sure we will become good friends;fast.

  79. I think my fav way right now is for salsa. I like the taste of canned better than fresh. Very yummy.

  80. My favorite way to eat tomatoes is in salsa. I also love them in chicken tortilla soup and in BLTs in the summer.

  81. Fresh from the garden on a BLT.

  82. The best way to eat tomatoes is ripe from the garden. I love a fresh tomato sliced on a sandwich or just slice it up and eat it plain.

  83. I love tomatoes in spaghetti saude but my husband loves tomato gravy!

  84. I like Spanish rice. I use diced tomatoes in it, they give the rice great flavor!

  85. Connie Sue Jacobs says:

    Pear tomatoes from the garden. Doesn’t get much better then that.

  86. I guess my favorite way to eat tomatoes is in a thick,delicious sauce,like pizza sauce,marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce.

  87. Will try this recipe tonight, it sounds good!

  88. I excitedly wait for the first ripe tomato to make the first BLT of the season–yum!

  89. Yes I have made tomato bread one year when we had a bumper crop and I was investigating all kinds of tomato recipes. Mine was a simple recipe–not as fancy as yours.

  90. I like cherry tomatoes in a salad or tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches.

  91. my favorite way to eat tomatoes is just cut in slices with a little salt on them. YUM!

  92. I love tomato sandwiches – bread, tomato, and a tiny bit of miracle whip:-) Yum!

  93. I LOVE tomatoes! My favorite way to eat them is right off the vine, but salsa, soup, sauce – they’re all great, too!

  94. Love cherry tomatoes! Making salsa with garden fresh summer tomatoes.

  95. I love tomato sandwiches in the summer. My mom made tomato jam when I was growing up. It was really good. I am going to have to ask her if she still has the recipe.

  96. Love my tomatoes fresh from the garden, with a little eggplant and cheese! Love your site by the way!!

  97. I love cherry or grape tomatoes for eating raw. Larger tomatoes I like in kind a weird way–chopped up, with chopped dill pickles, pimento cheese, and ranch dressing.

    Cooked tomatoes I like to blend and use in chili, taco soup, or spaghetti sauce.

  98. Chili baby! Oh yeah!

  99. I LOVE tomatoes! It would be hard to pick my favorite way. I think it depends on season. In summer, a slice with mayo and salt. In Fall, roasted with garlic and olive oil or butter, in winter, sauce and soup, spring salsa. Last night I made creamy tomato soup with Israeli Couscous in the crock and it was amazing.

    I have made tomato bread before, a yeast bread and it was delicious, especially with grilled cheese.

    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  100. My husband grills them with olive oil then tops them with parmesean until it melts…mmm good…

  101. I love fresh BLT sandwiches!!!

  102. We love to make tortellini soup with diced tomatoes.

  103. Melissa Slayton says:

    I love all kinds of tomatoes — except fresh! Go figure! My hubby eats the fresh ones sliced with a sprinkling of salt. When I was in high school, I could eat a can of whole tomatoes with tons of black pepper! I love to eat tomato sauce, salsa, chili, soups, etc.

  104. My favorite way to use tomatoes is in the “Sloppy Janes” recipe in the Hungry Girl cookbook. They are so yummy, and good for you too!

  105. Connie Corey says:

    Sliced, fresh, with mayonaise on top!

  106. Tammy Edwards says:

    I like Tomatoes in spanish rice!!! Yummy!!!!

  107. Katherine C. says:

    My favorite way to eat tomatoes is sliced fresh from the garden with dinner, and bacon crumbled on top of buttermilk biscuits smothered in gravy! I grew up eating this treat every summer when we had fresh tomatoes.

  108. Jenni Rom says:

    My favorite way to eat tomatoes is just plain old tomato sandwiches in the heat of summer. But my second favorite is to saute some garlic in olive oil, add sliced zucchini and pepper flakes, and saute a few minutes, add diced tomatoes and a pound of bay scallops and simmer until hot. Then you can eat that plain or mix with some cooked pasta. YUM!
    Thanks for the offer as always 😀

  109. I love salsa, but baked spagetti, blt’s, fresh tomatoes on the vine and pizza dipped in extra marinara are a close second!!

  110. Oh my how do I pick away. I love to eat roma’s in salads, love them in salsa and chips and probably my favorite is in tomato sauce on my homemade pizza we have every Sunday night. Sunday night is pizza and movie night at our house, an easy supper before the rush of the new work week begins.

  111. elizabeth schafer says:

    We love our tomatoes as chunk-free as possible so the petite diced ones are great in our bean/veggie soup!

  112. Caprese salad…fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Yum!

  113. in any soup or sauce 🙂

  114. There’s nothing better than a fresh tomato straight off the vine! I swear I could live on them in the summer, along with some corn on the cob & green beans.

  115. Heather S says:

    I cook with tomatoes at least 3 times a week. Probably use it the most for hot sauce and Jambalaya.

  116. Seriously, I could eat tomatoes every day of the year. But like you, I only eat fresh ones when they are actually in season and taste like tomatoes. The whole ‘red tomato like-cardboard tasting thing’ does nothing for me.

    Nothing is worse than non-producing tomato plants and I sure had them this year!

    That said, I used canned in just about everything…Italian, Mexican, American and all kinds of cooking! YUMMY, alhtough I cannot say that I’ve ever had them in a quick bread!

    I’ve heard people call basic tomato sauce (for pasta) tomato gravy. I don’t know why, but that is what I assume it is.



  117. stephanie m says:

    i love tomato soup…



  118. Hmmm. Nothing as exotic as tomato bread! 🙂 We use a lot of tomatoes in stew, soups, spaghetti sauce. . . Tonight I used them by browning pork steaks and then cooking them with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and spices and serving them over brown rice.

  119. I am going to try this. I have everything needed in my pantry… especially the petite diced tomatoes. Been wondering how to use up some of the cans of tomatoes. We’ll see what the family thinks of this recipe…

  120. Oh, sorry… my fav way to eat tomatoes is sliced with salt and pepper!

  121. I love tomatoes. Especially tomato soup.

  122. Elizabeth says:

    Spaghetti is my favorite tomato-based dish. Also love chili! I would love to a chance to win, especially since I’m from IN!

  123. I know the giveaway is closed, but thought I would add that I tried green tomato bread last year, and was completely surprised! I loved it! I can’t wait to try this recipe.
    Andrea 🙂


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