Time for another loaf of white bread and I happened to have a potato left over, so I thought this was the obvious choice. The potato breads I’ve baked previously have always called for instant potato flakes, this one starts with an actual potato. Ms. Hensperger actually states she think this is the best bread for sandwiches.
Besides . . . potatoes are kind of great.
The first step for this loaf was to prepare the potato. I took one medium russet potato, peeled it, and cut in into chunks. I then placed the chunks in a small saucepan with 3/4 cup water. I brought this to a boil, reduced the heat to low, covered the pan and allowed the potatoes to simmer for 10 minutes.
After the 10 minutes were up, I mashed the potatoes and cooking water together. (You can also puree them, if you prefer.) The potato/water mash was then poured into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and I added enough water to make a total of 1 1/3 cups. The mash was then set aside to come to room temperature.
After the mash reached room temperature, I put my ingredients in the bread machine pan in the following order:
1 1/3 cups room temperature potato/water Mash
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons gluten
1 3/4 teaspoons SAF yeast
This loaf made use of the basic/white cycle and the medium crust designation on my machine.
This is a really tasty loaf of bread, the potato flavor is present, but hardly overwhelming. It rose perfectly and has a chewy crust. It toasts well and holds together nicely.
The author was right, this is a really nice sandwich loaf.