Daring Bakers – Tender Potato Bread

It’s that time again!  The Daring Bakers are over 400 members now!  We each bake the same recipe each month and then post the results.   This month we made Tender Potato Bread.  Each person made the same bread, but then could shape it whichever way they wanted.  With Thanksgiving in the mix, I chose to do dinner rolls, but believe me, I will definitely make this again and do a loaf and focaccia. 

 For the full recipe, please visit Tanna.

Yeast and I don’t have the best relationship.  I used to kill it, until I learned to always use a thermometer to temp my water.  We work together much better now, but in the winter my house can be pretty drafty so rising can also be an issue.  To combat this issue this time, I preheated my oven to 200 degrees, turned it off, then put the dough inside with the oven door open.  It worked perfectly!  Next time I’ll buy an oven that has a ‘proofing’ setting.

Tender Potato Bread
I bought two baking potatoes thinking they would weigh one-half pound together. Wrong! They weighed over a pound, so I cooked just one peeled potato in 4 cups of water until it was fork tender. Mashed potatoes aren’t a real staple in my house, so the only instrument I had to mash them with was a pastry blender. It worked well, but next time I’d maybe run them through a sieve as well to get a finer mash.

It took a while for the potatoes and potato water to cool down. Once they did, I added the yeast and two cups of flour and let it sit for five minutes.

Next I added salt, butter, and more flour, mixing everything together.

As I kneaded, I probably added in another 2+ cups of flour. I’ve never made bread like this, where you add so much of the flour while you knead. It was interesting. The dough was wet, yet easy to work with. Once it seemed not so wet and with good elasticity, I put it in the oven to rise for two hours. I was nervous, but it rose beautifully!

Again, I turned it out on a floured surface to knead a bit.

The instructions were for a big loaf, and then some dinner rolls so I wasn’t sure how many dinner rolls I would get. We were having 12 people for Thanksgiving, so I made all of the dough into rolls. I used my dough scraper to cut the dough into pieces. I did a decent job, but a few ended up a little bigger than the others.

Back in the oven for another rise. Based on comments and other posts, I decided to parbake the rolls, freeze them, and then bake again the day of. This worked very well. I thought my rolls might have been a little smaller than the suggested rolls, so I baked them for 10 minutes at 400 degrees the day I made them, and then another 10 minutes the day of. Again, this worked beautifully! Oh, I also brushed them with melted butter. They didn’t get super brown, but I was okay with that. The parbaked rolls –

The finished product!

Everyone loved them! When everyone was packing up the leftovers, my cousins took two rolls each. Success!


18 Responses to “Daring Bakers – Tender Potato Bread”

  1. Courtney pink rolling pin Says:

    looks great, glad everyone loved

  2. Gabi Says:

    Love your rolls, glad they turned out well and everyone loved them!

  3. breadchick Says:

    Great job on this month’s challenge. Your rolls are perfect!!

  4. carrieskitchencreations Says:

    The rolls look great!

  5. Miss Ifi Says:

    those rolls look AMAZING… they are just too perfect for words…
    and I love that beautiful pink mixing bowl.. I should get one just like it!!

  6. peabody Says:

    Glad they were a success. They look great.

  7. baking soda Says:

    Neat smooth rolls, well done!

  8. MyKitchenInHalfCups Says:

    Oh Erin the rolls look perfect! And how can you argue with cousins taking two!
    Thanks for baking with us!

  9. Ivonne Says:

    Fantastic job … your rolls are just gorgeous!

  10. Rosa Says:

    Your rolls look gorgeous! Well done!



  11. April Says:

    Your rolls look yummy!

  12. Tartelette Says:

    The rolls look like littel pillows…yum! Great job on completing the challenge Erin!

  13. Deborah Says:

    I often do that same thing to proof my bread. My house is always too cold!! Your rolls look delicious!

  14. Christina Says:

    I’m definitely going to try parbaking my rolls. It must have been a real time saver, too.

    Great job on your challenge!

    Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

  15. Gretchen Noelle Says:

    Those rolls look very yummy! great job!

  16. Cheryl Says:

    Your rolls came out perfect. You definitely have that down.

  17. Julie Says:

    I don’t know why, but the miraculous and stupendous increase in size of risen dough makes me really giddy. I gasped so hard when I saw how beautifully billowy your rolls looked that I almost inhaled my yogurt. They’re gorgeous! Well done!

  18. Dolores Says:

    Gorgeous rolls. If these make a return visit to your menu, count me in for dinner. 🙂

    Oh, and apologies for the late comment. As we grow in numbers, it takes me longer each month to visit everyone.

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