February 12, 2010

Basic Potato Bread

There is nothing like the aroma of homemade bread coming straight from the oven. In my house there is no holding back, as soon as it comes out of the oven, the knife is ready to slice a big thick slice, and immediately lather it with real butter. You have to eat it with both hands while the butter runs down the side of your face. Wow! Was I being a little dramatic, or maybe more like, just telling the truth (grins). Needless to say, I don't have to tell you how much my family enjoys eating homemade bread. What I like most about this recipe is that it makes 4 loaves at a time. I use one piece of the dough to make my Cheddar Cheese Bread Ring and the other 3 pieces of dough I use to make regular loaves.This bread turned out to be a great accompaniment to a pot of Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder and Black-Eyed Pea and Kale Soup.

Basic Potato Bread
Recipe Adapted from: From My Kitchen, Barbara Richardson

2 cups milk
2 1/3 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups mashed potatoes (or 1 cup dried mashed potato flakes)
4 eggs beaten
1 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dried yeast (or 2 pkg. dry yeast)
9-10 cups flour (enough to make a stiff dough)

Heat milk and butter until butter melts. Stir in sugar, salt, and potatoes. Cool to lukewarm and stir in eggs. Dissolve yeast in water, and add to cooked potato mixture. Begin to stir in flour. 2 cups at a time. Mix with heavy mixer or by hand with wooden spoon. Keep adding flour until dough is smooth and satiny. Place dough in a well greased, very large bowl or dishpan. Grease top of dough with oil. Cover with plastic wrap, and a damp cloth. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size, usually about 1 hour. Turn out on floured board, and cut into 4 or 5 equal pieces. Knead each piece and place in a well greased loaf pan. Let rise until doubled in a warm place, usually about 45-60 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for about 30-35 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting. Cut bread with a serrated-edge knife.

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A "Little" Tidbit

Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” — James Beard

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12 comments :

  1. Homemade bread is so addictive, especially loaded with that butter you were talking about!
    This is awsome looking bread, I think I can almost smell the aroma-yum!

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  2. My sons favorite bread is potato bread. I am going to be baking this for him.

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  3. Lynda ~ you are right...there is no holding back when it comes to homemade bread!

    Mommy's Kitchen ~ my husband's favorite too....I am going to post the Cheddar Bread Ring next...he will like it too!

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  4. I found you blog via Welcome to Our Krazy Kitchen. I love potato bread all time favorite. I have become a follower of your blog, come by and visit maybe you can do the same.


    geri

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  5. I love adding potato (either mashed or potato flour) to my bread recipes. The loaves are always so tender! Yours looks perfect girl!

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  6. That bread looks perfect!!!Nothing is better than homemade bread!

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  7. You know, I was just thinking that I haven't made bread in a bit, and since we are out, this would be a perfect use for those dried potato flakes I don't know what to do with. If time makes itself available, I'm doing this recipe this weekend.

    Thank you for this wonderful share!

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  8. I have been viewing a lot of bread loaves these last few days on the blogs. I am feeling pretty inspired.
    I have yet to seriously try my hand at baking bread.
    I need to get with the program. Your bread looks fabulous!

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  9. I love homemade bread! I'm so glad to finally see a recipe that doesn't use a bread machine :) I like to make it the old fashion way vs. making it in a machine :) I left something for you on my blog, come pick it up when you get a chance :)

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  10. You're so right about bread! One of my goals for this year is to become "bread-maker extraordinaire!" Ha ha! Yours turned out beautifully!

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  11. Hi Kay, I made your potato bread this weekend. So Yummy!!! I halved the recipe and substituted diluted pet milk for the milk. (I drank all the milk for breakfast.) The texture was incredible and flavor to die for. Oh, and the smell was heavenly. Thanks for the recipe. I will be making it again.

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  12. Judy ~ thank you....I am so glad you enjoyed the bread...blessings, K

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