Rosemary Potato Bread Recipe

The texture of potato bread is truly unique.

Chewy, yet soft, it offers a perfect vehicle for sandwich fillings of all kinds. It’s also sturdy enough to dunk in to your favorite soup and tasty enough to enjoy just on its own with a touch of butter. The fresh rosemary in this recipe is a great bonus. Sure, making homemade bread is a more involved process, but the payoff is huge! So go ahead, take some time and bake up this delicious bread.

Ingredients:

1. 1 c. mashed potatoes

2. 1 envelope (¼ oz.) active dry yeast

3. 3 c. white flour

4. 1 c. whole wheat flour

5. 2 t. fresh rosemary, finely chopped

6. 2 t. salt

7. 4 T. olive oil

8. 1 c. warm water



Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine yeast, white and wheat flours, rosemary and salt.

2. In another bowl, mash together the potatoes and olive oil, adding a small amount of water, if needed, for a smooth consistency.

3. In another bowl, mash together the potatoes and olive oil, adding a small amount of water, if needed, for a smooth consistency.

4. Add potatoes to the flour mixture, then add about one half cup of water. Mix until a soft dough forms. Continue to add small amounts of water if needed.


5. Place dough on a floured counter and knead for 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth, place in a warm spot and allow to rise for an hour or until doubled in size.

6. Place the risen dough on a floured counter. Punch it down and then knead it for a minute or so. If you want to make two small loaves, divide the dough. Otherwise leave it as one ball.

7. Flatten the dough, then fold it over with a seam down the middle. Put the seam side down and shape the loaf into an oval and place on a baking sheet or large round loaf pan.

8. Cover the loaf with a clean cloth and allow to rise until doubled...about half and hour.

9. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the loaf (or loaves if you chose to make 2 small loaves) for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped.

10. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.