Nov 16, 2009

Potato Bread



I did mention many times that my boys only eat home made bread! Cass is complaining that the store bought one gives him headaches, Brandon doesn't say anything, just, wrinkles his nose, and Alex is the most innocent one he only asks if next time I can make my own bread because he loves it better. I feel like a bad mom and that I let my kids down when I run out of time for baking fresh bread, and time is something, in short supply for me. I'm on a tight schedule everyday. Driving three kids to school,  with different times of starting and dismissal from school, then every afternoon we have sports. 6 days a week. And finishing my house work in between. Yeah... it's a rush.
Potato bread, it's the bread I usually make over the week, in the weekends I go more fancy with herb bread, buttermilk rolls , etc.
This bread is delicious, it could be made white or whole wheat, Great for sandwiches and especially for grilled cheese sandwiches which are Alex's and Cass's favorites. It also freezes well. The recipe is for 2 but I usually make 4 and freeze 2 of them.


Ingredients.

1 medium potato peeled and cut into small cubes
water
1/2 tsp sea salt

2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
3 tbsp granulated sugar
2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups of bread flour ( or all-purpose flour) first amount
2 tsp of sea salt
1 1/2 cup of bread flour ( or all-purpose flour) second amount

Cook the potato in water and salt in a small saucepan for about 15 minutes until very tender. Drain. Mash very well or, I used a potato ricer. Keep warm into a medium bowl.

Combine the 2 cups of milk, 1/4 cup butter and 3 tbsp of sugar into a small heavy saucepan. Heat and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into an extra large bowl stir to make sure the butter has completely melted. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle yeast over top and let stand for 10 minutes longer until the yeast is foamy. Stir until yeast is dissolved.



Add the first amount of flour ( 3 1/2 cups)salt, and potato. Mix until a soft dough forms.



Work in enough of the second amount of flour ( 1 1/2 cups) until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is no longer sticky.



Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, knead for 10 minutes adding more flour as necessary to prevent sticking.



Place dough into an oiled large bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with cling wrap and tea towel and let stand in a draft free area for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in bulk.



Punch dough down. Turn onto a clean surface.



Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.



Flatten one portion into a rectangle. Roll up tightly, starting from the short side facing you. Place into a
9 x 5 x 3 inches greased loaf pan, stretching the dough if necessary to fit, and tucking the ends in.



Repeat with the second portion.



Cover with cling wrap and tea towel and let rise for about 1 hour, until the dough rises to the top of the pans.



Bake into a preheated oven of 400˚F, for 10 minutes, reduce the temperature to 375˚F and bake for 18 to 20 minutes more. Each oven is different, the bread is baked when golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped. Let stand in pans for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool.



Each loaf cuts into about 16 pieces for a total of 32 slices.



Especially delicious for sandwiches or, grilled cheese sandwiches.

Variation:  you can substitute 1 1/2 cups of flour (from the first amount of 3 1/2 cup) with whole wheat       flour or whole grain flour. You will have 2 cup of bread flour ( or all-purpose flour) + 1 1/2 of whole wheat flour. Continue with the recipe as described.

Enjoy!

39 comments:

Peggy said...

the bread looks delicious!

Divina Pe said...

I love potato bread and the aroma is wonderful. I only did it once though. Your kids do have an excellent taste. They want mommy's bread. I could say you're such a great mom wanting the best for the kids. I guess all moms are like that. My salute to you.

Laura said...

@ Peggy,
thank you.
@ Divina Pe,
thank you, and you are right all moms are like that....:)
anything for our kids.

Anncoo said...

WOW! I don't mind to have this any time of the day.

Laura said...

thank you Anncoo:)

janet said...

Home made bread is the best and yours looks great!
I know what you mean about driving them all to different schools, my 4kids were in 3 different schools too and it felt like half my life was spent driving them around. It does get easier as they get older, now one is in college, so he drives himself!

Laura said...

Yes Janet, that's my life too... I'm waiting for the oldest one to start driving. :)

simon said...

wow,ce minunata piine!salutari si pupaciuni la toti!

Tien said...

Hi, Laura,
The bread looks amazing and comforting. -Tien

Laura said...

Thanks Simona, hugs and kisses to you too.

Laura said...

thank you Tien:)

Federica said...

questo pane è bellissimo e perfetto!! adoro anch'io fare il pane...complimenti!

Jenn said...

your boys are very spoiled! ;) do you need a daughter? i'd love some fresh baked bread!

Laura said...

Thank you Federica:)

Laura said...

I would love a daughter, and you are welcomed to same fresh baked bread:)

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Sage said...

It looks fantastic. I made potato bread last week but with instant potatoes; yours is the real thing and I can't wait to try it.
You are a GOOD mom Laura.
Rita

Danielle said...

I envy anyone who has the patience to make bread. I bow in honor of your greatness :).

Tania said...

I love potato bread, it's very soft!

Laura said...

thank you Rita. you always say nice things.

Laura said...

Thanks Danielle:)

Laura said...

yes it is very soft, we love it too:)

penny aka jeroxie said...

I can't wait to make my own bread again! Looks sooo homey and comfy.

Laura said...

yes it is! Nothing says home like the smell of fresh baked bread....:)

Drick said...

My sister makes this from the starter ... she is coming down from Tenn for thanksgiven and will be making potato rolls....

No-Frills Recipes said...

This really looks delicious, can imagine the aroma coming from your kitchen.

Laura said...

That sounds amazing Drick, I make buttermilk potato rolls...delicious!

Laura said...

yes is smells heavenly !

pegasuslegend said...

potato bread is my favorite as it stays fresh longer beautiful recipe and thank you :)

Susan said...

Your bread looks delicious! Have you ever looked at the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day method? A friend told me about it, and it really does work. It means you mix up one big batch of dough and just take what you want to bake that day...
http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/

http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/cookbook/2009/artisan-bread/boule.html
(Here it says rest the dough for 40 minutes, but really it needs to be more like an hour--till it gets "wobbly."
In the book are all kinds, including sandwich breads...their new book uses whole grain, whole wheat, etc. as well.

Miranda said...

oh. this looks so good. I am on a bread kick, myself....Yum.

Laura said...

thank you Claudia, It's my favorite too:)

Laura said...

hello Susan, thanks for the link I'm going to check it out. I'm always looking for different recipes and this sounds interesting. :)

Laura said...

Thank you Miranda!

Jeannie said...

wow! very beautiful bread. My bread almost always splits at the sides. Yours are so smooth! Lovely!
I am going to try this recipe this weekend. Thanks for sharing:)

My Little Space said...

Wow, interesting! I love breads, any kind of breads. Now, it's in my list to do. Thanks, Laura!

Laura said...

Thanks Jeannie, let me know how the bread comes out.

Laura said...

My pleasure Kristi!

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