Potato Bread is soft, fluffy and perfect for the beginning baker. You will love how easy it is to make and how yummy it tastes.
This classic potato bread is made by boiling a potato! I use some of the starchy water and then mash the potato into the dough. It creates the best texture and only uses a few ingredients.
One of the many things I love about potato bread is the texture. Since a potato replaces some of the flour it has a soft inside and a crusty edge. Potato bread also is full of fiber and has a longer shelf life than other homemade bread.
This bread recipe is great for a variety of things. It is a great bread to use for sandwiches, toast or to serve with dinner. If you have left over mashed potatoes you can use those for this recipe too. Potato bread is easy to make and tastes delicious too.
- Water: this is the liquid in the recipe and you'll be using some of the reserved water that the potatoes cooked in
- Cubed and peeled russet potatoes: this will be about 1 large or 2 medium potatoes just FYI. You cook these up and use the cooked mashed potatoes AND some of the water they cooked in (it's full of starch that helps the bread be soft!) to make this classic extra soft potato bread
- Butter: a little fat helps the dough to not be crumbly and helps it to be extra soft
- All-purpose flour: such a great flour to keep on hand and it's perfect for this recipe
- Yeast: this is a yeast bread and this is what helps it to rise. Have no fear this is a great beginner yeast bread.
- Eggs: this adds some fat and binding agents to the bread and again, helps it to be extra soft and tender.
How to Make Potato Bread:
- You'll have to start with peeling and cooking your potato. Just boil it up in some water until tender. When you drain that water, keep some of it, it's going back in the bread!
- Mash the potatoes really well and cool the cooking water.
- Add the cooking water to a mixing bowl and add some of the flour.
- Add the potatoes, yeast, and more flour and keep on mixing.
- The dough will come together really nicely and then let it rise.
- Shape into loaves and let rise again.
- Bake up and serve warm with butter and honey!
Frequently Asked Questions
Potato bread tastes similar to your typical traditional white bread except it is fluffier. It doesn’t have a strong potato taste-mild if anything. They are just thrown in there for texture purposes.
I like to use russet potatoes when making potato bread. I have heard good things about using left over mashed potatoes or even potato flakes as well (reconstituted) but then you are missing that starchy water so it's best to just boil a potato for this recipe.
A stand mixer makes the process easier but you can’t definitely mix the dough and knead it by hand if you don’t have a mixer.
Potato bread freezes wonderfully. For best results, store in an airtight bag and it will stay good for up to 3 months.You can also slice the bread prior to freezing and just take a few slices out at a time.
More bread recipes:
- Classic French Baguette Recipe
- My Favorite Go-To Sourdough Bread Recipe
- 100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
- Jolyn's Extra Soft White Bread Recipe
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Soft and fluffy potato bread made with a cooked mashed potato, flour, the cooking water from the potato and a few other simple ingredients.
- 2 cups water
- 1 ¾ cups cubed and peeled russet potatoes (about 1 large or 2 medium potatoes)
- ¼ cup butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 4 ½ to 4 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 packages active dry yeast (4 ½ teaspoons)
- 2 large eggs
- In a medium sauce pan add the water and the potato and bring them to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 or so minutes or until the potatoes are very tender.
- Drain the potatoes but RESERVE 1 cup of the cooking water.
- Place the potatoes in a small mixing bowl and mash well. You should have 1 cup of mashed potatoes.
- In a small bowl add the cooking water, butter, and salt and stir to combine.
- Let the mixture cool until it is about 120 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer add 2 cups of the flour and the yeast.
- Add the water mixture to the bowl and stir until well combined.
- Add the eggs and mix until well incorporated.
- Mix this wet dough on medium to medium high speed for 3 minutes.
- Add the mashed potatoes and stir to combine.
- Add the flour, ¼ cup at a time stirring well after each addition, until a smooth dough forms.
- Knead the dough by hand (for 6 to 8 minutes) or with your mixer (for 5 minutes) adding any more flour you might need to form a nice dough that is moderately stiff but is still smooth and elastic.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl, cover with lightly greased plastic wrap (or a beeswax wrap) and let rise until doubled, about an hour.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 2 even pieces.
- Cover the dough and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Prepare 2 loaf pans (8x4 inches) by greasing them well with butter or shortening (I find that cooking spray doesn't release the bread as well).
- Shape each piece of dough into a loaf and place them seam side down into the prepared pans.
- Lightly sprinkle the tops with a little flour and place a clean dish towel over the top.
- Let rise in a warm place until almost doubled (30 to 40 minutes). I generally let my loaves get 1 inch above the rim of the pan before I bake them.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and bake the loaves for 35 to 40 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped lightly.
- If they are getting too brown before the cooking time has passed, cover the tops lightly with foil if needed.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pans for 5 minutes before remove them from the pan. Let them finish cooling on a wire rack.
- They slice best when they have had time to cool though the warm bread is worth cutting into in my opinion.
- This bread is SO soft and fluffy. It makes the best sandwiches, toast, or eaten warm with butter and honey or jam.
- Prep Time: 2 hours
- Cook Time: 35 min
- Category: side
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
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If you haven’t delved into the world of bread making-this is the place to start! You will be surprised at how tasty and simple it is to make a loaf of homemade Potato Bread.