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Amish Potato Bread

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Amish Potato Bread

Amish Potato Bread

Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

The Amish make some of the best breads in the United States. This Amish potato bread may take awhile to prepare, but it is easy to make. While waiting for the bread to develop its flavor and rise, you can go about your day, running errands and working in your office.

Yield: 1 large loaf.

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium white potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup potato water (water left over from boiling the potatoes)
  • 2 cups water, room temperature
  • 2-1/4 tsp (1 pkg. or 1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4-1/2 cups bread flour, about

Preparation:

  1. In the morning, boil the potatoes until soft. Drain off liquid, saving 1 cup of the potato water for the bread. Mash the potatoes. Set aside for 30 minutes or until lukewarm.

  2. In large bowl, mix mashed potatoes, potato water, water and yeast. Add sugar and salt. Stir. Add 3 cups of bread flour and mix well. Slowly add in remaining flour, enough flour to make a dough that follows the spoon around the bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 8 minutes, adding more flour as needed until the dough is soft and smooth to the touch. Place dough in large greased bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so that the top is also lightly greased. Cover with clean cloth and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  3. Punch down dough. Turn dough out onto lightly floured board and knead for 8 minutes or until the bubbles are out of the bread. Shape into a loaf of bread. Set loaf into greased 9 x 5-inch bread pan. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

  4. Bake loaf at 350 degrees F for 55 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Remove loaf from pan and let cool on rack.

Bread Baking Tips:

  1. The 2 Tbsp of sugar in this recipe can be replaced with 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp molasses, or 2 Tbsp maple syrup.

  2. To keep bread soft, store in a plastic bag.

  3. Store flour properly to keep it from spoiling.

  4. Bread flour has a higher amount of gluten than all-purpose flour. This means that bread made with bread flour will rise higher than bread made with all-purpose flour. You can make your own bread flour by adding 1-1/2 teaspoons gluten to each cup of all-purpose flour you use in your bread recipe.

  5. Keep yeast stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. Heat, moisture, and air kills the yeast and prevents bread dough from rising.

  6. Spraying loaves with water while they bake will produce a crispy crust.

  7. Brush loaves with egg white before baking to produce a shiny crust.

  8. Brush loaves with milk before baking to produce a dark, shiny crust.

  9. Brush loaves with butter immediately after baking to produce a soft crust.

  10. Use bottled water instead of tap water to make your breads. Water softeners and chlorinated public water can sometimes kill the yeast needed to make your bread dough rise.
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