Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Rustic Potato Loaves

April 2, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in BWJ, groups, savory things, tuesdays with dorie, yeast breads | 17 Comments
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rustic potato loaf

I don’t make bread super-often. Only sometimes I’m usually proud of myself just for having made the effort to stir together yeast and water.  But when I opened the oven yesterday and pulled out Leslie Mackie’s Rustic Potato Loaf, I felt like a pretty legit bread baker.  Look at that crust…it is awesome. I was in love with this bread before I even cut it open.

You can’t see any trace of them, but the bread has mashed boiled potatoes in it.  I guess they help make the bread really soft inside and give it a slightly earthy flavor.  I wasn’t sure if I should peel the potatoes or not…in the end I did peel them, but also tossed the peel scraps into the cooking pot just to infuse some extra flavor into the water (which is also used in the dough).  The dough looked like a big blob of uncooked gnocchi but it was a quick riser, with two proofs of just 20-30 minutes.  So, for a “rustic” bread, it was pretty quick from start to finish.

rustic potato loaf

I’m making cream of celery soup tonight and toasting off a couple of slices of this bread, and I just can’t wait!  For the bread recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan or read Dawn’s Simply Sweet.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Your bread looks perfect!!!!
    I love this recipe, easy and very tasty, definitely a keeper!!!

  2. I did the same thing with my potato peels! I need to read the recipe thoroughly before jumping the gun:) Your loaf is picture perfect!

  3. Picture perfect!! And delicious, I’m sure! Great job. 🙂

  4. Great pics of your bread. It looks awesome! I love this recipe too and was so proud of how my bread looked. 🙂
    I can’t wait to make it again!

  5. this bread is just about fool proof-as much as i bake, bread is my weak spot. like you, when i opened the oven, i felt like a pro too!

  6. Your loaf looks just gorgeous. I can’t believe you don’t bake bread very often! Beautiful photos.

  7. I love how that seam turned out. Wish I’d remembered to turn my loaf seam side up! nice job

  8. Definitely agree with you – the crust on your bread is awesome. Beautiful photography, as always.

  9. Gorgeous loaf! Ours didn’t last long enough – I’m glad it’s so easy to make.

  10. It was such a good bread. Loved using potatoes to make bread/ Yours looks lovely

  11. Wow! Your loaf is gorgeous! I forgot to turn the seam side up. Bummer. Love your photos. 🙂

  12. That is one beautiful loaf! I wish I had remembered to turn my loaf seam side up. Awesome photos!

  13. beautiful bread! we really enjoyed it

  14. I am so glad you made this bread and hope you’ll make bread more often, now. It looks beautiful.
    Hope you have loved its taste.
    I didn’t want to use all-purpose flour only and added whole wheat and ground flax seeds, together with walnuts and pecan, or sunflowerd…even made a “sourdough” version.
    My favourite homemade bread so far.

  15. your loaf came out beautiful!

  16. omg looks amazing!

  17. Looks wonderful. I can’t help being a carb-a-holic; I wish I could rip a chunk off and taste it!

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