Whole Grain Potato Bread
Those of you that know me understand how much I love baking bread. It is and has been a lifetime passion for me. I love the smell of baking bread more then words can express. It is the ultimate comfort smell and for me brings so many memories of childhood days. In fact that is probably one of the best parts of my childhood. I can still smell that bread that my mother used to bake. Her bread was amazing. Made with white flour, water, yeast, sugar, Crisco, and salt. She made it by hand, six loaves a week, and if we were lucky she would make cinnamon rolls or scones out of the dough. How I loved the rolls and wow, the scones and fried bread were amazing dripping with butter and homemade jam or jelly.
Since baked bread was a constant in my home growing up, and I really learned to love it. My mom planted in my heart the desire and need to have bread baked in my home. I actually started baking bread as a young boy and actually taught bread baking on my church mission to many of the women in the areas where I served.
I perfected whole-wheat bread by hand years before I got my first bread mixer. It was quite a task, and it actually took me half a day to accomplish it. However I was devoted to the process and kept it up for the love of baking bread. I remember when I finally bought my first mixer. It was a life changer. I took my bread baking from 6 hours to just over one hour from start to finish, and my bread was better then ever before. Gone were the days where I had to let my bread raise two to three times before baking it. I now mix my dough, place it in a pan, and let it rise and bake it.
I have baked thousands and thousands of loaves of bread and each time I marvel at the miracle of how mixing flour with a few other ingredients can produce one of the most satisfying foods ever, fresh baked bread.
Today I use a Wondermix and love it with all my heart. It allows me to create breads that warm the heart and soul. It makes bread baking easy, fun, and timely. I bake often from Artisan breads to sandwich breads I could not live without my Wondermix. I believe strongly that anyone can bake bread and enjoy the process and create great breads with quality ingredients and a Wondermix.
The recipe below is a fantastic whole grain potato bread. If you are nervous about trying a whole grain bread, this would be a great bread to try. The potatoes add a delightful taste and texture to it, you won’t be disappointed.
I hope you are enjoying the joys of baking bread in your home, creating fond food memories for those you love in your home and community.
Enjoy the journey.
Chef Brad~America’s Grain Guy
Whole Grain Potato Bread
I love this bread, whole grain makes a bread so tasty and adding potatoes makes it perfect for toast.
5 cups hot water
3 cups whole cooked grain*
1/2 cup flax meal
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar or honey or agave
1 tablespoon salt
3 medium golden potatoes, cooked
4 tablespoons yeast
12 or more cups Natural White Flour
*Any whole grain cooked works well. I love red rice, einkorn, Kamut, wheat berries, pearled barley, and rye.
In blender place potatoes, butter, and hot water. Blend well. Place in Wondermix bowl and add sweetener, flax, and whole cooked grains. Add 6 cups flour and place yeast on top of the flour. Turn on mixer and keep adding flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Mix for 5 minutes. Remove from mixer and from into loaves. Let rise to double and bake in a 400 degree preheated oven at 350 degrees. Bake until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees or more, approximately 25-30 minutes. To check temperature of bread use an instant read meat thermometer.