The first recipe I started working with is potato bread. Potato bread is a white bread that is very soft inside and has a wonderfully crisp crust.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Makes a couple of loaves
1 peeled potato
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup skim milk
2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
6 cups white (unbleached / unbromated ) flour
1 3/4 cups warm potato water
Peal and chop potato. Boil for about 15 minutes, the potato should be pretty soft. Separate about 1/2 cup of the potato water into a cool glass so that the temperature is lowered considerably. You want this water to be warm enough to activate the yeast without killing it. Yeast starts to die at about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally the water would be about 90 degrees or so. Combine this potato water with the yeast and set aside.
Combine potato, salt, sugar and butter. Add 3 tablespoons of the milk and mix until pureed. I used my food processor to quickly puree these items. Once pureed add remaining milk. Even though Brother Curry only has one arm, I believe he uses a spoon and makes his puree by simply vigorously beating the potato mixture.
In a large bowl mix yeast / potato water with the potato puree and add 3 cups of the flour. If remaining 1 1/4 cup of potato water has cooled sufficiently ( should be able to hold your finger in it ) add it and the remaining flour slowly to the bowl. The dough is probably a bit much to handle with a spoon so I turned it out onto the counter and mixed by hand. Brother Curry's recipe only calls for 3/4 cups of potato water total. I found it was not nearly enough, but be careful as I may have mis-calculated somewhere along the line.
Kneed dough for 7-8 minutes. Add flour if the dough is sticky. This dough should be very soft on the edge of being sticky.
Coat dough ball with cooking spray, place in a large bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Place bowl in warm place (90 degrees is ideal). The dough should double in size within about an hour.
|Dough ready for final rise|
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and allow dough to rise for 30-40 minutes.
Bake bread for 40 minutes.
That's it! Enjoy! I know we did.
|What a great texture on this potato bread|