Whole Wheat Potato Bread

In a massive food fail, I once let almost 20 pounds of organic potatoes freeze on my enclosed front porch. Yeah, pretty dumb, huh?? I beat myself up pretty good over that!

Immediately, I turned to google to figure out what the heck to do with all of my rock hard potatoes and was dismayed to find that almost every source said they had to be trashed. I’m not going to lie to you: they were quite nasty: soft and squishy and very “juicy.”

But, I wasn’t giving up that easily!! Potato bread was on my mind, but I’d never made it and needed to find a recipe. Since I bake almost exclusively with freshly ground flour, I wanted to find a recipe that incorporated fresh flour.

whole wheat potato breadThrough Pinterest, I ended up at the blog Common Sense Homesteading and found a recipe that looked promising. I decided to make 3 small loaves to see if it would work and I was delighted that it did! In fact, this bread is beyond good – it might just be my new favorite bread!! I only hope I don’t always have to start with frozen potatoes to get this result! 

I adapted the recipe to fit my needs and made THIRTEEN loaves {3 batches}. It’s that good, people. Here’s my adaption:

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Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 4 cups warm water {potato water is perfect, if you have any!}
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 10 cups whole wheat flour {I use freshly ground hard white wheat}
  • 1 heaping TBS salt
  • 3 TBS yeast {I use SAF yeast}
  • 1-3 cups additional flour

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Prepare 5 loaf pans.
  3. Put mashed potatoes, water, butter, and honey in a big mixer {I use a Bosch}.
  4. Add 10 cups flour, salt, and yeast.
  5. Mix everything together and quickly add enough flour to clean the sides of the bowl. If the dough looks too dry, add additional liquid instead.
  6. Knead on Bosch Speed 1 for 5 minutes.
  7. Punch dough, form 5 loaves, and place into 5 prepared loaf pans.
  8. Let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Let cool. Cut, slather with butter and Enjoy!
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Please head over to Common Sense Homesteading if you would like to see her original recipe for 2 small loaves, perfect for small amounts of left over mashed potatoes!

Have you transformed “trashed” food into a great dish? Please share! Please don’t let me think that I’m the only person to accidentally let potatoes {or anything else} freeze… 🙂

Linking up: Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways; Simple Lives Thursday;

Comments

    • Michelle, I love freshly ground whole wheat flour, but I don't much like the commercial WW flour. I'd probably use unbleached white flour if I didn't have access to freshly ground WW flour! Hope you like it!!
  1. Absolutely GORGEOUS photo - I can almost taste that toasted bread with melty butter! Pinning this, and will definitely try the recipe.
  2. I love baking bread, just printed this recipe so I can give it a try. Thanks for sharing! Holly PS, discovered your site while visiting Simple Lives Thursday Blog Hop.
  3. I ALWAYS MADE HOMEMADE BREAD FOR MY FAMILY, BUT I AM 74, AND I JUST MAY TRY IT...DO YOU HAVE A GOOD RECIPE FOR EASTER BREAD/BRAIDED...
  4. Just curious...did you cook your frozen potatoes and mash them as though you were going to serve them before you used them in the bread? The picture is gorgeous and inspiring! Thank you for sharing!
    • Hi Sharon, Yes, I did. I didn't like the way the mashed potatoes tasted {the first time} because the potatoes had previously been frozen, but when I make this recipe now, I use leftover mashed potatoes. So, they are prepared ahead of time just like you would make mashed potatoes to serve at dinner. :-) Thank you for the compliment! Enjoy!! Michelle
  5. Think this will work for mashed potatoes that turned into "glue"? (I learned the hard way you can't put 'em in the blender to "mash" 'em! Oops!) I came here from your comment on Michelle's blog, and I'm delighted to see you used fresh ground whole wheat flour too (altho I use hard red)). Will have to thaw out some of my "glue" potatoes this week & try this! Thnx for sharing!
      • Oops! I see I completely forgot about this recipe and never tried it (think we used those potatoes in soup or something - they were salvagable!). But this year we have lots of potatoes from our CSA and esp with this balmy January weather (supposed to be 60 on Friday! in CO!) I need to be using them up a bit faster. So hopefully I will finally get around to making this bread! :)

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