There’s tomato paste as well as fresh tomatoes in the dough of these pillowy, savory loaves from Ylenia Sambati, which comes together easily and requires no kneading whatsoever.
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5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large yellow onions, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, quartered
1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
Three 1/4-ounce packages active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 3/4 cups warm water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping
3/4 cup fine semolina
How to Make It
In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the onions and cook over moderately high heat until lightly caramelized, 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and crushed red pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the olives and tomatoes. Season with salt and black pepper and let cool.
In a bowl, whisk the yeast, sugar and water; let stand until foamy, 10 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir in the 2 1/2 cups of flour and the semolina until the dough comes together; it will be quite wet. Stir in the cooled olive mixture. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel. Let stand in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 450°. Scrape the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Shape it into 2 rough 14-by-3 1/2-inch loaves and transfer to a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, until the loaves are lightly browned and risen; transfer to a rack and let cool completely.
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