Potato Bread


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Plain mashed potatoes create a fantastic breakfast bread, just made for butter and jam. If you prefer your spuds enhanced with garlic, chives, blue cheese, or bacon, this recipe will give you a more flavorful bread, great for leftover turkey sandwiches.

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Heike Rau/Shutterstock


3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup leftover mashed potatoes, at room temperature
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
2-1/4 teaspoon (1 packet) dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water (105° to 115°F) water
5 cups all-purpose flour


In a saucepan, melt butter in milk. Let cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook, combine milk mixture with mashed potatoes, salt, sugar, yeast, warm water, and flour and knead with dough hook for about 5 minutes, until you have a smooth and slightly glossy dough. Place into an oiled bowl. Cover with plastic or a clean, dry dish towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Oil two 9x5-inch loaf pans.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide in half and knead three or four times. Shape each portion into a rectangle, about 9 inches long. Roll each one lengthwise into a log and place seam side down into its own loaf pan. Cover with plastic or a clean, dry dish towel and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Turn onto wire racks and let cool completely.


Makes 2 loaves.

Preparation Time: 

30 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

2 hours

Preparation Method

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I made this bread turned out

I made this bread turned out delicious. But you have forgotten to add an important ingredient . You have us mix in everything but the flour. Lol

Thanks for pointing that out,

Thanks for pointing that out, Joanne. We’ve updated the page.

I don't own a stand mixer.

I don't own a stand mixer. Are there any alternatives?

You can certainly mix by hand

You can certainly mix by hand, but you’ll need to really work at it. Once the dough comes together, knead on a lightly flour surface for several minutes.

Your recipes

It would be helpful if OFA would add a feature permitting the reader to simply click and print recipes as so many other sites do. I can copy-paste (as I just did for the potato bread), but a simple click, which provides a succinct recipe with list and direction would be so much better. Thanks for reading this.


There's a print button at the top of the page next to the facebook, twitter, etc. I use it all the time! :)

Do you use AP Flour or can I

Do you use AP Flour or can I use Bread flour. Will either change the bread?

This recipe uses all-purpose

This recipe uses all-purpose flour. We will update the recipe to reflect this. You can replace with bread flour, if you prefer.

Hello l like this potato

Hello l like this potato bread recipe but l have a problem what tip of flour can l use because l'm gluten free, can you help me.thank you

You can replace the flour

You can replace the flour with a gluten-free all purpose baking flour like the kind made by King Arthur Flour or Bob's Red Mill.

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