Quite often when I make mashed potatoes for supper, I end up with just a dab (less than a cup) of potatoes left – not really enough for another meal. So how do you stretch a small amount of potatoes into another meal sized portion? One option is chicken and gnocchi soup, another favorite option is potato bread.
Most of the “potato bread” recipes I’ve seen used powdered mashed potatoes – not something I keep in my pantry My husband used to be a fan of store bought potato bread when we were first married – you know kind that resembles cotton candy in bread form? (Pretty sure they use potato flakes…) I was tickled to finally find a recipe that uses real mashed potatoes. I throw mine in just the way I serve them – butter, milk, salt and pepper included.
The recipe I use is based on one from The Bread Machine Cookbook V (this book is a bargain on Amazon.com – available used starting at $0.01).
Potato Bread Recipe Using Real Mashed Potatoes
- 7 ounces cooked potato (you can use leftover mashed potatoes, or cook up a small potato and mash it)
- Water, enough to equal 1 3/4 cup when combined with the potato
(I put the potato into a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup, and add water to bring the level up to 1 3/4 cup)
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour (I usually use a mix of fresh ground wheat flour and pre-milled flour)
- 2 teaspoons dry yeast or 1 1/2 teaspoons saf-instant yeast
If using a bread machine, select “wheat”, “sweet”, or “white” setting, do not use a timer.
I normally mix the dough in my Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine and then bake it in the oven. (I finally bought a Bosch after killing three different bread machines. It’s more expensive, but can handle double batches of whole wheat bread without a fuss, unlike lighter machines.)
I add everything into the machine and mix for 6-8 minutes, adding additional flour if needed. Add the last of flour slowly – you want a soft, elastic dough. Too much flour will give you a harder dough and a drier bread. If kneading by hand, mix wet ingredients with yeast until thoroughly blended, then add dry ingredients, adjusting flour as needed to give a soft, elastic dough. This dough will be a little bit more sticky than many bread doughs. This is normal. If you look closely, you can see little bits of brightly colored blue potato.
Let bread rest and rise for around 20 minutes, then punch down and allow to rise again. (This develops the flavor and gluten of the bread.)
Once doubled in size, form dough into loaves and place in greased bread pans. A single recipe makes one large loaf or two smaller loaves. I usually divide the dough into two 9×5 pans, or make a double batch (shown here) and divide it into three regular loaves. When I bake, I like to make more than one loaf so I can keep the extras in the freezer to have on hand when needed.
Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Try to wait for the bread to cool before cutting, if possible. When you cut open a steaming loaf of bread, much of the moisture escapes as steam, leaving the remainder of the loaf dry. Of course, if it all disappears within a matter of minutes, this is a non-issue. 😉
I let this batch rise a bit too much, which is why the finished loaves (shown below) don’t look quite so picture perfect. Remember, bread will rise a bit in the oven, so bake before it is overflowing the pans. (And don’t get involved in another project and forget about your bread…) I baked another batch (that was baked at the proper time) for the top and bottom photos in this post, but I kept some of my original photos. Not every batch of bread may be “picture perfect”, but they all taste good!
This recipe produces a moist, dense loaf that is great for sandwiches and toast, and holds for the better part of a week. For longer storage, it freezes very well, in case you want to make a double or triple batch.
I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as my family does. If you do, please pass it along. 🙂
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