Recipe: The scariest words in my kitchen

There are few words that can bring my children to moaning and groaning like, "I found a new bread recipe."

I am cursed with this desire to make homemade bread from scratch. Not just any homemade bread, but healthy bread.  My family has endured all of the numerous recipes and trials (most of them heavy, chewy, hard failures).

However, I think I may have finally found I recipe that even I can't mess up.

Potato Bread (from The Frugal Girl)

1 1/2 cups warm water (can use potato cooking water)
2 packages active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons each)
1 cup mashed potato, made with fresh potato or with instant potatoes
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons melted, cooled butter or oil
1 tablespoon salt
4.5-6 cups all purpose flour
In a mixing bowl, combine warm water and yeast; let stand for several minutes. Stir in potato, sugar, butter, and salt; mix well. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead 5-8 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic, adding flour as needed.
Place dough in bowl, cover, and let rise 1 hour. Punch dough down, divide in half, and shape each half into a loaf. Place in 4×8 inch loaf pans, cover, and let rise 30-45 minutes, or until doubled.
Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Cool on wire rack
Yeast Proofing

Ingredients before yeast and flour.  I have used both leftover mashed potatoes and instant potatoes.  So far the instant potatoes seem to work slightly better. 

I made a one change.  I added white wheat flour to increase the whole grains, fiber, etc. I use 1/2 of this flour and 1/2 all purpose white.   Once I have kneaded the bread, I placed it into an oiled bowl.  This helps it release faster after rising. 

The bread after it had risen once and I rolled it up to put into the bread pans. I place it on an oiled cutting board to roll out. 

A beautiful piece of bread just before I covered it in butter and homemade jam

Now I can start working on dinner rolls and biscuits :)


  1. That's so funny! My husband always asks me this question, most of the time dreading the answer. "What are you cooking for dinner?" He asks. My reply, "I don't know" "Um...." "Surprise dinner??" "I don't know, but hope its eatable...heheh." "Oh honey!" He laughs.

    Glad I'm not the only one who tries things and hopes the family will eat them.
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  2. Interesting, informative, writing that is very useful for many women and even some men.

  3. This is so funny I was just talking about finding a great bread recipe tonight!

    I just "stumbled" you!


  4. This looks great!! I will have to try making it this weekend! I've book marked this. I always make my bread from scratch. LOVE the taste of it. Here is my recipe if you want to try it out.

  5. I love potato bread. Looks like a delicious recipe!