Try this savory bread toasted in the oven with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and green olives. Makes 2 loaves (24 slices total).
2 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons butter
6 to 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages (2 tablespoons) dry yeast
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground rosemary
1/4 teaspoon ground fennel
1 garlic clove, crushed
Heat tomato juice, sauce and butter to 120 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour with yeast, sugar, salt, basil, oregano, rosemary, and fennel; add warmed tomato mixture and garlic. Mix with dough hook (or by hand) 3 minutes or 300 strokes, scraping bowl frequently.
Add 3 to 31/2 cups additional flour, until firm enough to handle; turn out onto floured board. Add enough flour that dough is not sticky; knead until smooth and elastic.
Place dough in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch down; let rest 15 minutes. Shape into two loaves; place in greased 9-inch bread pans. Cover loosely; let rise until nearly doubled, about 45 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 30 minutes longer, until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans; cool on a rack.