Potato Bread

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Potato bread is a soft white bread that is spongy and delicious. The potatoes add a fluffy yet firm texture making it perfect for sandwiches, toast, or warmed with jam.

We LOVE homemade bread from the oven, and this potato bread is our new favorite! You will love how soft and tender this incredible bread is. For more delicious bread recipes, you should try my Grandma’s homemade bread, this yummy cheesy bread, or my classic sourdough bread.

Side view of a loaf of potato bread on top of a striped kitchen towel and rustic cutting board.

What Does Potato Bread Taste Like?

Potato bread is like a traditional white bread but with mashed potatoes added in to replace some of the flour. No one will know the difference in taste, but they will rave over the soft texture. The potatoes take this bread to the next level, and you will love the golden light crust on the outside.

This potato bread is so good that you’ll want to make multiple loaves to enjoy throughout the week. Fresh baked bread is the key to anyone’s heart, and this recipe will impress everyone. Enjoy this potato bread recipe with strawberry jam, honey butter, or serve your bread warm with this amazing bread dip.

Ingredients For the Best Bread

This potato bread recipe only uses 6 ingredients! All ingredients you most likely already have on hand. You will love the addition of the potatoes because it makes the softest bread you will ever make. I can’t wait for you to try this yummy potato bread!

  • Russet Potatoes: Starchy russet potatoes are perfect for this bread.
  • Potato Water: Make sure to reserve potato water and read my tips for the water temperature.
  • Instant Dry Yeast: Just one packet is all you need!
  • Honey: Adds a little bit of sweetness to the bread.
  • Salt: Salt to balance the flavors.
  • Bread Flour: Bread flour is a must for the best bread in town!

Potato Bread Recipe

Making potato bread can be intimidating, but I walk you through the process step by step. My instructions and pictures below are so helpful because I wanted you to have detailed help along the way. Follow the recipe card and tips below for everything you need to know before making this recipe.

Prepare the Dough

  1. Prepare Potatoes: Prepare your potatoes by peeling them and cutting into chunks. Boil, drain, then mash the potatoes. Reserve 1 cup of your potato water.
  2. Proof the Water, Yeast, and Honey: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add your water, yeast, and honey. Let this mixture set until the yeast becomes bubbly and frothy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Mix Yeast Mixture, Salt, Potatoes, and Flour: Once yeast is ready, add to your mixer the salt, ¾ cup of mashed potatoes, and 2 ½ cups of flour. Mix on low speed until everything comes together completely.
  4. Add More Flour if Needed: At this point you may need to add some more of your flour, add it in ¼ cup at a time until your dough comes together well, it shouldn’t be a very wet dough, but it should be tacky.
  5. Mix: Mix on medium speed for an additional 5-7 minutes to further develop the gluten.
  6. Let the Dough Rise: Remove dough from mixer and place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with saran wrap or a warm damp towel until dough doubles in size, about an hour.
  7. Fold the Dough: Once the dough has doubled in size, beat the gas from it and give it a fold. To fold your dough, remove it from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface. Pound it flat with your hands and fold in half, patting flat, then in half the other way.

Shape and Rise the Dough

  1. Shape Dough Into a Ball: Bring the dough together into another loose ball and place back into oiled bowl.
  2. Rest the Dough: Let the dough rest an additional 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer Dough to Floured Surface: Once the dough has rested and risen again remove it from oiled bowl and place it again on a floured surface.
  4. Round the Dough: This loaf will be formed into a round. Pound the dough out to degass it, you will bring all the dough around into one central point. Turn the loaf around, seam side down, and round it against the table in a circular motion.
  5. Cover and Let the Dough Rise: Place the loaf in a round bowl lined with parchment paper. Cover to proof the potato bread for about 30-40 minutes, until it is just about doubled in size.

Bake the Bread

  1. Preheat Oven and Cast Iron Pot: Preheat oven to 350° Farhenheit while loaf is proofing and heat your enamel coated cast iron pot in the oven. Your cast iron pot should be preheated with your oven so your loaf begins baking in it as soon as it’s placed in.
  2. Score the Top and Bake: When loaf is ready, score the top with an X using a lame blade or knife, gently lift the parchment with the loaf out of the bowl and put it in your preheated cast iron pot. Bake the potato bread for 35-60 minutes, check the color and temperature after 35 minutes, it should be a golden brown and temp out to 190° Fahrenheit.
First photo is the dough mixed and placed in a bowl to rise. Second photo of the dough that has risen. Third photo of the dough being shaped into a round loaf. Fourth photo of the raised round dough in a enamel pot lined with parchment paper.  The loaf is scored and sprinkled with flour.

Tips for Making Perfect Dough

Whether you are a bread-making pro or this is your first time making potato bread, I have some tips that will help everyone! These helpful tricks are great to make this bread turn out perfectly!

  • Cool the Potato Water: When using the reserved potato water, be sure to let it cool to about 100°. If you use water that is too hot it will speed the proofing up too much and take away from the structure and flavor of your bread.
  • Use Oiled Hands Instead of More Flour: This dough will be fairly sticky right out of the mixer, but will firm up as it proofs and sets up. Keep your hands oiled. Avoid using a lot of flour while working with the dough, you don’t want to dry the dough out.
  • Use the Poke Test: When you are checking to see if loaf is ready to bake, do a poke test on your loaf, note that it should be a very light poke, almost a tap. Poke the dough lightly, you’re looking for an indentation to slightly bounce back but stay in the loaf. If it is firm and your poke bounces back it needs more time, if it sinks in where you poked it, it’s over-proofed.

Baking Tips

  • Score the Bread: In the recipe I instructed to score the loaf with an X, you can really score your loaf any way you want. Scoring helps in the expansion process of the bread. This controls how your loaf expands, if you don’t score it, your loaf will likely split elsewhere.
  • Brown the Crust: If your loaf is temping out to 190° but not getting up to color you can remove the lid after the initial 35 minutes to get a good browning on the top.
  • Cool Before Cutting: Allow the loaf to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into it, if it’s too hot when you cut it the loaf will be too soft and weak.
A cut loaf of potato bread on a rustic cutting board. A striped kitchen towel is next the the loaf of bread.

How to Store and Freeze Potato Bread 

Leftover potato bread is best left wrapped in a sealed ziplock bag on the counter. It tends to dry out in the refrigerator, so enjoy it fresh at room temperature for up to 3 days. It won’t last long because your family will devour the bread so quickly!

  • In the Freezer: Wrap the cooled potato bread in plastic wrap, then wrap tightly in foil. Place the bread in a ziplock bag and seal. Frozen bread will keep up to 6 months.
  • To Thaw: Remove from the freezer and let thaw to room temperature. Do not unwrap the bread from the bag until it has fully thawed to ensure freshness.
Close up view of sliced pieces of bread on a rustic brown cutting board.  Half of the loaf is sliced, and the other half of the loaf is still whole.

Potato bread

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Potato bread is a soft white bread with the addition of mashed potatoes in the ingredients. The potatoes add a fluffy texture to the bread that makes it perfect for sandwiches, toast, or warmed with jam.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large russet potatoes ¾ cup mashed potatoes
  • ¾ cup potato water warm
  • 1 packet of instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 2-3 cups bread flour

Instructions
 

Prepare the Dough

  • Prepare your potatoes by peeling, cutting into chunks, boiling, and mashing them. Reserve 1 cup of your potato water.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add your water, yeast, and honey. Let this mixture set until the yeast becomes bubbly and frothy, about 5 minutes.
  • Once yeast is ready, add to your mixer the salt, ¾ cup of mashed potatoes, and 2 ½ cups of flour. Mix on low speed until everything comes together completely.
  • At this point you may need to add some more of your flour, add it in ¼ cup at a time until your dough comes together well, it shouldn’t be a very wet dough, but it should be tacky.
  • Mix on medium speed for an additional 5-7 minutes to further develop the gluten.
  • Remove dough from mixer and place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with saran wrap or a warm damp towel until dough doubles in size, about an hour.

Shape and Rise the Dough

  • Once the dough has doubled in size, beat the gas from it and give it a fold. To fold your dough, remove it from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface. Pound it flat with your hands and fold in half, patting flat, then in half the other way.
  • Bring the dough together into another loose ball and place back into oiled bowl.
  • Let the dough rest an additional 30 minutes.
  • Once the dough has rested and risen again remove it from oiled bowl and place it again on a floured surface.
  • This loaf will be formed into a round. Pound the dough out to degass it, you will bring all the dough around into one central point. Turn the loaf around, seam side down, and round it against the table in a circular motion.
  • Place the loaf in a round bowl lined with parchment paper. Cover to proof for about 30-40 minutes, until it is just about doubled in size.

Bake the Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit while loaf is proofing and heat your enamel coated cast iron pot in the oven. Your cast iron pot should be preheated with your oven so your loaf begins baking in it as soon as it’s placed in.
  • When loaf is ready, score the top with an X using a lame blade or knife, gently lift the parchment with the loaf out of the bowl and put it in your preheated cast iron pot. Bake for 35-60 minutes, check the color and temperature after 35 minutes, it should be a golden brown and temp out to 190° Fahrenheit.

Notes


Nutrition

Serves: 8

Serving1sliceCalories171kcal (9%)Carbohydrates37g (12%)Protein5g (10%)Fat1g (2%)Saturated Fat0.1g (1%)Polyunsaturated Fat0.3gMonounsaturated Fat0.05gSodium295mg (12%)Potassium257mg (7%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar5g (6%)Vitamin A1IUVitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium13mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword potato bread
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Looks like a great recipe. What do you think would happen if one used instant mashed potatoes, using either plain water or water with a little of the potato flakes mixed in?

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