Sunday, February 8, 2009

Moist Potato Bread

Last week a few of my coworkers and I were talking about bread and how much we loved it. I mentioned to them that I made homemade bread quite often and told them I would have to make some to bring in for them. I asked for suggestions as to what kind I should make and one person spoke up and said potato bread. I searched around for a recipe and this one looked best to me.

This recipe called for basic ingredients and was pretty easy to make. The only tiny mistake that I made was that I did not cook my potato long enough so it was hard to mash. I should have ran it through my food processor or stand mixer to mash it thoroughly but apparently I had a blonde moment. I was worried that the little chunks of potato would end up ruining my bread but after baking for almost an hour I can not even tell they are there. This bread is moist and delicious and I will definitely make it again. It would be the perfect sandwich bread for turkey sandwiches.

Potato Bread
As seen on
The Barefoot Kitchen Witch originally adapted from George Greenstein's Secrets of a Jewish Baker, on pages 51-53

1 medium potato
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup warm milk
2 packages active dry yeast
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or shortening, at room temperature
2 tablespoons sugar
5 to 6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
Flour, for dusting work top
Vegetable oil, for coating bowl
Shortening, for greasing pans

Wash and thoroughly scrub the potato, then cook in the boiling water until soft (approximately 30 minutes). Drain, reserving 2 cups potato water. Peel the potato, mash, and set aside to cool. Extra potato water can be refrigerated and used in any yeast recipe for added nutritive value and tenderizing power.

The dough - In a large bowl sprinkle the yeast over the 1/4 cup warm milk; stir to dissolve. Stir together the cooled mashed potato and butter. Add the potato mixture along with the 2 cups reserved potato water to the large bowl. Add in the sugar, 5 cups flour, and salt. Stir until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl, adding more flour 1/4 cup at a time if necessary. Potato dough will remain a little sticky. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface (or switch to the dough hook on a stand mixer) and knead, adding more flour if necessary, until the dough feels smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes).

Rising - Transfer the dough to a clean, oiled mixing bowl and turn to coat. Cover and set aside until the dough doubles in volume. Punch down, cut in half, shape into two balls, and allow to rest, covered, for 10 minutes.

Shaping - Press down each ball and shape into a pan loaf. Place into 2 greased 8- or 9-inch loaf pans, cover, and set aside to proof until the breads come up above the tops of the pans. Dust with flour and cut a deep slash down the length of each loaf.

Baking- Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven until the bread has a hollow sound when the bottom is tapped with your fingertips (about 50 minutes). The sides should feel firm. If necessary return the bread to the oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. If using tiles or an oven stone, finish the bread on them for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pans and let cool on a wire rack. When cooled to room temperature, slice - and enjoy!


Sugar Duchess said...

I love potato bread! Yours looks absolutely perfect. I'll definitely have to try out the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I was just looking at her recipe for potato bread! I've never tried it so it's nice to hear a good review. I think I'm gonna give it a try tomorrow!

Bob said...

Oh man, that looks amazing! I don't think I've ever had potato bread, but I love bread and potatoes so I have to try it. :)

Carrie said...

Looks yummy, I have never tried Potato bread.

Anonymous said...

Amber, this looks wonderful! I have been looking for a great potato bread recipe and this sounds great. Can't wait to try it!

Jayne said...

Your bread came out great! Isn't it a terrific recipe? Nice job!

Rachel said...

We LOVE potato bread and I have been looking for a recipe to try. I will try this over the weekend. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love homemade bread! I can't wait to try this recipe:)

What's Cookin Chicago said...

Mmmm - potato bread is wonderful for sandwiches and this looks awesome!

Becca said...

Oooo, potato bread. I loved potato bread when I was little (much more than white bread!), so I'm looking forward to making this for a blast from the past!

That Girl said...

I made two loaves of the most fabulous potato bread one year for Easter and brought a loaf to the inlaws. They threw it out without ever tasting it!

Cathy said...

I love potato bread! I've nominated you for the Lemonade award. Come by and claim your award!

MrsSchoon said...

Looks like another great bread recipe! Looks tasty!

DDpie said...

Awesome Amber, but then any bread you bake is! My dad always loved potato bread but I've never made it. Thanks for sharing the recipe and passing it along. Think I'll give it a whirl. :)

Anonymous said...

It came out lovely and would make for the perfect sandwich, those are two perfect loaves :)!

Christy said...

I've always wanted to try baking potato bread. Your bread looks amazing, I think I just may have to finally try my hand at this one. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica said...

Yum! That looks great! I'm always so jealous of your breads ;)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

The Irish new what they were doing when they made potato bread. It makes your bread so moist and tender:D

Rachel said...

I finally made this and loved it! Thank you for posting.