It’s Not Summer Without A Tomato Sandwich

I’ve not has a piece of bread since embarking on my gluten/egg/dairy/soy-free adventure back in April. Cream scones, French baguettes, and chocolate pumpkin breads no longer emerge from my oven. As much as I enjoy baking bread, I’ve been strangely ok with my bread-less life. But all that ended when Beth sent me home with these jewels from her husband’s garden:

Fresh From the Garden
Fresh From the Garden

Home-grown tomatoes require tomato sandwiches. Sandwiches made from thick slices of tomatoes on white bread that’s been slathered with Duke’s mayonnaise. Sandwiches so sodden and drippy with tomato juice that they must be eaten standing over the kitchen sink.

And a tomato sandwich requires that which has been missing from my kitchen for the last four months: Bread.

A Google search came up with “The Top 20 Gluten-Free Bread Recipes.” Many of these bread recipes made up for the lack of gluten by using eggs or egg whites for extra leavening power. There were a few vegan bread recipes, but all of them required ingredients that I didn’t have. Making yet another foray to track down sorghum flour and arrowroot starch was not in my plans.

Looking a little further down the Google search results, I found “Vegan Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread|jessicacorra,” on a WordPress blog, no less. Making a quick trip to Jessica’s blog, I found a recipe that matched all the gluten-free baking ingredients in my pantry. Three hours later (one hour to mix and bake, two hours to cool thoroughly)  I was slicing into my first loaf of gluten/egg/dairy-free bread:

My First Loaf of Gluten-Free Bread
My First Loaf of Allergy-Free Bread

My favorite mayonnaise, Duke’s, and all other real mayonnaise, is made with eggs, which makes it taboo for me. I found a tasty alternative in Earth Balance Mindful Mayo, which is made without eggs or soy. After slathering two slices of bread with it, I ended up with my first gluten-free, allergy-free tomato sandwich:

Ready To Dig In
Ready To Dig In

Yum! The only problem with my tomato sandwich was that I couldn’t figure out how to take a self-portrait of me eating it while the tomato juices dripped down my chin into the kitchen sink.

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22 thoughts on “It’s Not Summer Without A Tomato Sandwich

  1. I smiled all the way through this! I think you have to be from the south and maybe from NC to fully appreciate what you describe here. Ah, Dukes and homegrown tomatoes. Nirvana… 🙂

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  2. I’m so glad you made it and it turned out OK. It was my first bread recipe and it can be a bit dense for some preferences, but my goal was to make the most ACCESSIBLE loaf I could! Tomato sandwiches are the best, but I’ve been on a romaine sandwich kick lately!

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    1. It was quite a treat to get to eat a tomato sandwich on real bread! And your recipe worked really well. But the romaine sounds great. Thanks for the non-traditional sandwich idea.

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  3. Yummmmmmmo! Glad you found a way to have your ‘cake and eat it too!’ 🙂 We had BLT’s and tomato soup for dinner tonight! Homegrown tomatoes – it just doesn’t get any better!
    When I lived in Jax, Florida in my early 20’s, my Dad would UPS me his garden tomatoes, wrapped in carpet. They arrived perfect! I have to admit – I didn’t share a slice! There’s nothing like a North Carolina grown tomato!

    Savor each bite! Enjoy!

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    1. Your dad definitely knew what was important in life! I don’t know how folks who can’t eat tomatoes survive – they define summertime for me! Thanks for the BLT idea – that may be the inspiration for the next loaf of gluten-free bread.

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  4. Yum! I so miss tomatoes from my own garden. So get them at the farmer’s market now. The taste of tomatoes from my parent’s garden had a taste I still haven’t been able to find. I’m thankful not to have to give up any form of bread but good for you for your perseverance.

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    1. it’s amazing how difficult it is to find a good tomato, even at the farmers’ markets. All the newer breeds are too sweet, and totally without that tomato tang that I also remember from childhood. My garden is still not producing slicing tomatoes- not enough sun this past month. I am lucky to have friends to keep me in tomato heaven.

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  5. Looks great! I can never again take the tomato sandwich I have for lunch every day for granted (tomatoes from our garden)!! I’m so glad you’ve found the healthy combinations for you. Selfishly, I want you around and healthy for many, many years!!

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    1. Glad that you are getting tomatoes- ours are notoriously slow so far. Luckily Beth is keeping us supplied. Don’t worry – I plan to be around and having fun with you for a long time1

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