A warm slice of this soft potato bread recipe fresh from the oven is the perfect side to any meal. I love buttering a slice of bread and having it as a snack, and this delightfully moist and light bread is going to fast become your favorite. This easy recipe makes homemade breadmaking easier than ever to manage!
Potato Bread Recipe
Homemade bread is one of those culinary skills everyone seems to be afraid of, but is, in fact, one of the easiest foods to create. While this recipe, as most will, requires extra time for the dough to rest and then rise, the actual preparation is very easy.
This dough is simple to prepare. So simple, in fact, that your kids could whip this one up for you! Just let it rise properly, place in loaf pans, and bake. The beautiful golden brown top when it comes from the oven will make you feel like an expert in the kitchen!
What Makes Potato Bread Different?
While potato bread is very similar to any traditional bread recipe, the difference comes in the mixture of potato flour into the dough. In this recipe, prepared mashed potatoes are used alongside traditional white or bread flour.
Some recipes may also use potato flour or instant potatoes to save time and effort. The results turn out very similar, so adjusting to fit your time and abilities is fine. I find this is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.
Does Potato Bread Taste Like White Bread?
While the flavor is almost identical, the differences are slight. The potato bread has a more yellow color, the darker top most often, and tends to have a thicker texture. It slices thicker and is more satisfying with a dense texture, so it makes a great bread to use as a side with any meal.
Thinner slices of potato bread are also excellent for sandwiches. I like to slice and toast them and use it with something like a nice curried chicken salad, tuna salad, or some grilled chicken.
What do You Eat Potato Bread With?
Bread goes with almost everything. Potato bread in particular is excellent for toasting and slathering in fresh butter or your favorite jam. While it can work for sandwiches, I find the best sandwich it makes is a grilled cheese or cheese toast. The added flavor of the potato flour combines with a nice slice of cheddar or even mozzarella for a delicious treat.
Since potato bread is a common Irish recipe, you may also find that a classic English or Irish breakfast is suggested. Toasted or fried potato bread with some baked beans is a great choice. Served alongside any breakfast it is a great choice for dipping into sauces, soups, or gravies.
How Long is Homemade Bread Good?
One thing you will notice right away with fresh homemade bread is that it will mold much faster than the preservative-filled bread you find in grocery stores. Once the bread has cooled you want to make sure you are storing it in an airtight container to help it last longer. You'll also only want to slice what you will be eating then. Slicing it early can dry it out and make it less appetizing when not fresh out of the oven.
Fresh bread is usually good for 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container on the counter in a cooler area. It can be good up to 7 days when refrigerated. If making multiple loaves of bread for the future, wrap them well in double layers, then freezer for up to 4 months.
- Instant yeast
- Mashed potatoes
- Bread flour
How to Make Potato Bread
Prepare instant or real mashed potatoes and set aside. You will need 1 cup of prepared mashed potatoes.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm water, milk, and yeast.
Add in the sugar, egg, salt, potatoes, butter, and flour.
Use the paddle attachment of your stand mixer to combine the ingredients until the dough just forms.
Switch out the attachment for the dough hook, and beat together for 6-7 minutes. This dough will be slightly sticky.
Spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray or oil.
Place the ball of dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a moist kitchen towel.
Set the bowl of dough into a warm place and let it rise for 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
Divide the dough into two equal portions and form into loaves.
Place the dough into greased loaf pans and cover the pans with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and set aside to rise again for another 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
About 10 minutes before the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Bake the loaves, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on a wire rack before.
Slice and serve toasted with fresh butter or jam.
When slicing homemade bread, as much as you want to have it fresh from the oven, the best slices result once the bread has cooled. I highly recommend investing in a quality serated bread knife if you plan to make homemade bread regularly.
More Homemade Bread Recipes
If you want more savory bread recipes, here are a few to test out. These have great flavor, are easy to prepare, and fit with almost any meal.
- The Easiest Homemade French Bread Recipe
- 15 of the Easiest No Yeast Bread Recipes Ever
- Low Carb Keto Bread Recipe
For those that prefer a sweet bread, I have tons of delicious choices for you to pick for your menu plan!
- Delicious Fresh Strawberry Bread
- The Perfect Banana Bread
- Homemade Apple Bread Recipe
- Lemon Glazed Zucchini Bread Recipe
- 25 Easy Sweet Bread Recipes You'll Love
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 cup milk, warmed
- 1 pkg instant yeast
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 4 cups bread flour
- In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the warm water, milk, and yeast;
- Add in the sugar, egg, salt, potatoes, butter, and flour then using the paddle attachment mix until just combined;
- Change out the paddle for the dough hook, and let the mixer knead the dough for 6-7 minutes;
- Spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray and place the dough into the bowl then cover;
- Let the dough rise in a warm place for 30 minutes or until double in size;
- Divide the dough into two loaves and place into greased loaf pans;
- Cover the pans lightly and let rise again for 30 minutes or until double in size;
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF;
- Bake the loaves, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top;
- Cool on a wire rack;
- Slice and serve with fresh butter and jam.
This recipe makes 2 loaves.
Each loaf makes 10 slices.
Each portion is 2 slices of bread.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 360mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g