One of the joys of a Kitchenaid is how much easier it is to make bread, cookies, and cakes. This recipe for potato bread comes out moist, soft, and rises beautifully. If you like Martin’s potato bread, you’ll like this too.
I have adapted the recipe from All Recipes. First, I reduced the recipe to make one loaf instead of two. I have no room for two loaves. I also exchanged the shortening for butter.
Measure the flour over the surface you want to use to shape the bread. Any extra flour will pre-coat the counter.
The Kitchenaid makes the whole dough preparation process faster.You don’t have to mix the dough as long as the original recipe.And, there’s no need to keep scraping down the sides. You also don’t have to stand and knead the bread for 10 minutes. Just swap out the paddle for the dough hook and let the machine do all the work.
Check to see if the dough is kneaded enough by poking it with your finger. If it is, it will bounce back when you poke it.
The rising times are approximate since the speed will depend on conditions in your home that particular day. Sometimes it takes a bit longer.
A delicious, moist loaf of potato bread that's great for sandwiches, sopping up gravy, or eating with a hearty winter stew.
1 small potato, diced
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
3 1/4 C all purpose flour
4 1/2 tsp sugar
1 T butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
Add the diced potato and the water to a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil and cook until the potato is fork tender and can be mashed easily. This should take about 10 minutes. Let the mixture cool.
Once the potato/water mixture is cool, drain 1/4 C of the liquid into a liquid measuring cup. Mash the potatoes in the rest of the mixture.
This should equal about one cup. If you don’t have enough, add some warm water.
Add the reserved water to the mixing bowl of your Kitchenaid. Sprinkle the yeast over it and add a pinch of sugar.
Now add the mashed potato mixture, 1C of the flour, butter, sugar, and salt.
Beat with the paddle attachment about thirty seconds on low to combine it all together. Stir in remaining flour. Beat on speed 3 for 3-5 minutes.
Turn dough out onto floured board or countertop. The dough should be stiff and seem a bit hard.
Remove the paddle attachment from your mixer and replace it with the dough hook.
Knead the dough on speed 3 for 3-5 minutes. The dough should now be smooth and stretch easily.
Get a large bowl, and grease it with about one teaspoon of neutral oil (like canola). Plop the dough into the bowl and turn it over so it gets coated with the oil.
Cover the bowl with a towel or slide it into a plastic bag in a warm spot. If your place is chilly, heat your oven to 200 degrees for 10 minutes, turn it off, and then put the bowl with the dough in the oven.
Let it rise for about one hour.
Punch down the dough (this is a chance to get out your frustrations!) and turn it out onto your floured countertop.
Cover it again, and let it rise for 10 minutes.
Shape the lump of dough into a loaf by rolling it out with a rolling pin into a rectangle. Then roll up the rectangle (starting at the short side), like you were rolling up a poster. Pinch the ends together.
Grease an 8x4x2 inch loaf pan and place the dough in the pan.
Cover it again and let rise about 1 hour. The dough should have risen about 2 inches over the top of the pan.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. If you want a slightly crustier loaf, sprinkle it with water before putting it in the oven. Bake the bread for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, cover it with foil, and bake another 15 minutes.
Remove from the pan with a stiff spatula, get the butter or jam from the fridge and slather it over a fresh slice. Then eat it!
Don't be intimated by the prep time; most of that is waiting for the bread to rise.
Poke the dough again to see if it rose enough. If it did, it will stay indented when you push down on it.
I admit it, I’m hard on my pans. Not this one. I’ve had it for years and it looks brand-spanking-new. The food doesn’t stick, no matter what I make in it: bread, meatloaf, apple bread (full size recipe), you name it. Whatever I do, it cleans up easily. Yay! Because I love cooking, but not cleaning.
I confess I got tired of buying those silly little packets of yeast. They were a dollar each, took longer to proof, and I kept running out. Plus, some of them had cornstarch in them. I wanted yeast, not cornstarch. This is much better. It’s much cheaper per use, you have enough to bake dozens of loaves of bread, and there’s nothing in there except yeast. The instant yeast works faster than the standard variety too. Store it in the freezer so it lasts longer.