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Old-Fashioned Missouri Tomato Bread

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Amish, Italian

Ingredients
  

  • 4 1 /2 cups tomato juice
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground basil
  • 1 /2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 12 cups all-purpose flour, approximately

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease 4 loaf pans and set aside.
  • Heat the tomato juice to lukewarm in a large saucepan.
  • Add the butter, sugar, salt, oregano, basil, ketchup, and yeast.
     
     
  •  Let the mixture set a few minutes todissolve the yeast.
  • Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough, kneading when necessary.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  • Punch down the dough.
  • Divide the dough among the prepared pans.
     
  • Allow to rise for 20 minutes longer.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
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