I had some guests coming for dinner recently and decided to make potato bread to go with the meal. I mixed the ingredients, put it in the oven to rise for an hour and when I took it out it hadn’t changed at all. Wondering what happened I looked at the recipe to try to figure out what I missed. yeast! I didn’t put any yeast in the darn bread! I threw the dough back in the mixer along with some yeast not having any idea whether this would work or not. I put it back in the oven to rise, then continued with the recipe. I was really disappointed with the results, but served it anyway. Julia child said “You should never apologize at the table. People will think, ‘Yes, it’s really not so good'”. My guests told me they thought it was fantastic and one even asked for the recipe. Here it is;
1 1/4 c. warm milk
1/2 c. potato water (if you made the potatoes from scratch, otherwise plain water is fine)
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 c. mashed potatoes
3 c. flour
1 pkg of instant yeast
Beat the eggs until frothy, then add the rest of the ingredients in the order given. Beat until batter is smooth. Work in enough flour ( about 5 cups) to make a soft dough, knead 8 or 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Place it in a greased bowl, cover with a tea towel and put in the oven with the light on for about an hour or until about doubled in bulk.
Gently deflate the dough, separate into 2 and shape into loaves. Place in greased loaf pans.
Cover with tea towel and back in the oven with the light on for about half an hour. Take the loaves out of the oven, then preheat to 375F and bake them for 30 to 40 minutes until golden and they sound hollow when you tap them.