Monday, February 21, 2011

Potato Bread and a Stylish Award

Something about the aroma of freshly baked bread warms my heart.  As the aroma seeps into every corner of the house visions of the finished golden loaf flash through our minds and activate our salivary glands.  Professionals advise waiting until the loaf has cooled before slicing, but that kind of willpower I don't have.

More often than not the breads in our household are filled with whole grains, but on this occasion with potatoes on hand and Catherine McMichael's award winning Potato Bread recipe on the counter my decision was made.  Assembling the ingredients, kneading the dough and then baking the loaf, I knew we had a winner even before I tasted the first soft, tender slice.  Fresh from the oven (no, I did not wait for it to cool...) and slathered with butter this bread literally had me groaning with pleasure and utter amazement that these few ingredients mixed together could bring forth something so exquisite.

Speaking of award winning bread, I am reminded that I have been remiss in acknowledging a few Stylish Blogger Awards that have kindly been sent my way!  One award was enough to make my day, but to have four bloggers I hold in high esteem pass this award my direction is beyond belief.  Thank you to Raven, of RavieNomNoms, Michele, of Fit Foodista, Susan, of The Spice Garden, and Hester, of Alchemy - Simple Ingredients Magical Food. Each of these bloggers authors a blog I frequently visit and I feel like I personally know them through their posts.  Thanks for thinking me stylish!

In receiving this award the responsibilities include:
  • List seven things about yourself that people may not know
  • Pass the award on to 10 additional Stylish Bloggers
  • Notify the bloggers that they have received the award
7 things about ME!
  1. I love the beach!  From some of my posts you may already know that, but even though I love the beach I really don't like to go into the water.
  2. I really like office supplies!!  I don't have much use for them, but a visit to the local Staples Store makes me want to load up my basket.
  3. My favorite movies are Buzz Lightyear and The Birdcage.  When Harry met Sally is a good one too...
  4. I would live on a tropical island if I could.  A pair of floppies, a few sundresses, Jimmy Buffet... life is good. 
  5. Tequila is my drink of choice.  I don't like vodka.
  6. I worked as an Accountant and an Assistant Controller at a power plant before being promoted to the best job in the world, Mom.
  7. I don't like tv.  If I had my way, I'd give our tv away.  (Liv has issues with this one and is thankful that I don't have my way!)
And now I would like to pass this award to some additional Stylish Bloggers.  These are a few bloggers (in no particular order) that we have not passed awards to before who truly show passion and style:

  1. Judy at Tastemonials.  Judy's blog was one of the first blogs that I stumbled upon when I started blogging.  She personifies style!  Wonderful restaurant reviews, tasty recipes and posts, and the most adorable grandson!  Her recent trip to Peru was an example of her passion for life.
  2. Bella from Bellabits.  This 11 year old girl has got it going on.  She's engaging and has a passion for food and food items.  Her recent visit and review of Williams-Sonoma had me smiling.  She has quite a future if the foodie world!
  3. Sommer of A Mama with Flavor.  Sommer lives in Germany and I truly look forward to catching up with her in her posts.  Her little Sous Chef has the most adorable curly hair and is quite a help in the kitchen!  We are sending safe travel wishes to her husband!
  4. Letizia Golosa, of Lesizia Golosa, For the Love of Food.  Letizia has the most amazing eye for photography and made a simple slather of Homemade Nutella look sensuous.
  5. I couldn't pass this award without thinking of my friend, Dionne, from Try Anything Once.  Dionne's style and passion shows in each and every post she writes.  She has inspired me to return to bread making, something that I love to do, but just haven't made the time for lately.  Her true love of life shows in her prose and style!
  6. Becky of Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves.  Becky's posts frequently make me smile.  We have little pups in common, and when I read her posts I feel like I'm sitting at the kitchen table with her sharing a cup of coffee.
  7. Ang, of Life Given, Eat Well.  Ang is one of those people who seems to live life with style.  Her quest for balance in life is one I hope to achieve as well.
  8. Sabrina, from Eat. Drink. and Be Merry.  Sabrina's blog is a new blog for me.  She was also our recent giveaway winner and I could have been happier that the giveaway went her direction!  Recently married, she had my daughter and her friends drooling over her gorgeous wedding photos in the "about me" section of her blog.  I'm looking forward to following her!
  9. Zerrin of Give Recipe.  Zerrin has made some healthy changes of late and I'm truly enjoying her healthy recipes along with bits and pieces of her culture and life.  Zerrin resides in Turkey and seems to "Liv Life" with a smile!
  10. Jean, of Lemon's and Anchovies.  Jean writes from her heart... her Valentine's Day post has stuck with me.  Gorgeous photos to go along with some wonderful posts, all done with style!
And I could go on!  This flood blogging community has won my heart.  My husband belongs to another online community and is constantly amazed at the support and kindness that flows through the people I visit with.  I feel lucky to be a part of it.

Potato Bread... one of those that's worth each and every calorie (and extra for the butter!!)
Potato Bread
adapted from Catherine McMichael, Saginaw, Mich., Cooking Light Finalist 

Catherine's recipe below makes a loaf of bread and about 9 rolls, I used the entire dough amount to make one single loaf of bread.

1  cup  mashed cooked peeled baking potatoes (about 8 ounces)
1  cup  fat-free milk
1 1/2  tablespoons  honey
2  tablespoons  butter
21.4  ounces  bread flour (about 4 1/2 cups), divided
2 1/2  teaspoons  dry yeast
1 1/2  teaspoons  sea salt
2  large eggs
1  teaspoon  olive oil
Cooking spray

Combine first 4 ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes or until mixture is 110°. Stir with a whisk until smooth.

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 6.75 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) flour, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add potato mixture to flour mixture, stirring with a fork until combined. Add eggs; stir until combined.

Add 9 ounces (about 2 cups) flour to potato mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining 1/2 cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with olive oil, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes.

Divide dough in half. Working with one portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll one portion into a 14 x 7–inch rectangle on a floured surface. Roll up rectangle tightly, starting with a short edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam and ends to seal. Place loaf, seam side down, in an 8 x 4–inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.

Shape remaining portion into 9 portions, and shape each into a ball. Place balls in an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Coat top of loaf and rolls with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If the indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until tops of rolls are browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.

Note:  I put the entire amount of dough into a 9x5 inch loaf pan and made one whole loaf.


  1. I can almost smell that delicious looking bread! I love fresh baked bread...can't wait to try it!

  2. Love it! I made potato rolls a couple of weeks ago and my daughter keeps asking for them again. Congrats on the award, you deserve it, I always love coming over here. Such great picks! I will have to compare this version to the one I used. We have so much in common!

  3. Thank you SO much! You are so sweet that really is a comfort to know that my passion- I mean obsession with food shows. I am so touched that you thought of me!

    I am amazed at the people I've met through blogging, you included my dear. Yannick can hardly keep up with everyone's antics but he loves following along and learning about food right along with me.

    I LOVE me a good potato bread! It's so hard to make bread look so pretty but you nailed it. I'm jealous of your styling and talent! By the way, if you ever encounter some vodka you need removed let me know. I'll bring you tequila!

  4. Kim, that potato bread looks wonderful - so light and fluffy. I'm going to have to try this recipe. Really beautiful!

  5. First: Thank you for the award and what an honor it is to be part of this community. I'm so blessed to have met such great people.
    Second: I made my very first French bread recipe yesterday and it actually turned out really good. Your potato bread looks amazing and I feel confidant to try this now that I'm comfortable working with yeast. :)

  6. Kim,
    Thank you so much for the Stylish award, especially coming from you. i am very honored. You inspire me to improve my blog and photography everyday. Your pictures are gorgeous.

    I have met such wonderful,caring people in this blogging community, people that I didn't know existed on the other side of the screen. My journey has been wonderful:)

  7. Congrats on the award. I loooooove potato bread so I am bookmarking this recipe to try as soon as I can!

  8. Thank you so much for this award!!!! I am touched!

  9. Potato bread is one of my absolute favorites. I'd love to try making it myself. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Your bread looks awesome.... So soft!

  11. Kim, you're so sweet! First of all, congrats on getting this well-deserved award. But also, thanks so much for passing it on to me, too. :-) I'm so happy to consider you my blogging friend now. I enjoy your posts and learning tidbits about you and your family. By the way, I can identify with most of the 7 things about you. Now it makes more sense why I like you. :-)

  12. Congratulations on getting this award so many times, you certainly deserve it!

    That bread is perfect. I wish I had a slice, warm with butter. YUM!

  13. Looks wonderful and awesome to connect. So glad you stopped by my site so i could find yours!

  14. This potato bread looks so soft and delicious! It looks like we were on the same wavelength with the bread posts! =)

  15. Congratulations on the award Kim. Well deserved :o)

    Love the sound of this potato bread. My daughter might never leave for college in the summer if I start baking this since it is her favorite kind of bread to eat. Hmmmm, this is certainly an idea I should further explore..... ;o)

  16. We ate potato bread all of the time growing up, but I don't see it as much these days. Thank you for sharing!

  17. I am so with you when it comes to waiting for food to cool. LOL. Congratulations on the awards!

  18. Your bread looks so soft and yummy! Congrats on the Stylish blog award.

  19. OMG that bread looks YUMMY!!! I love warm, fresh bread straight from the oven.

    Thank you so much for the stylish blogger award and kudos yourself too. I am truly honored. Also thank you for all of your kind words of support to keep me up and posting. I am glad that you are one of my blogger buds. :)

  20. THANKS KIM! I was actually going to pass it on to you too! too funny! Thank you for all you're support! and BTW the bread looks awesome!

    take care!

  21. Congratulation on the award Kim, well deserved.
    the bread look fantastic, i love potato bread and haven't made one in ages.
    thanks for sharing your delicious version. hope you'll have a wonderful rest of the week

  22. Wonderful loaf of bread. It looks perfect. And kudos on the award!!

  23. How do you get your bread cut in such thin, even slices? I want to make sandwich bread for my kids but my bread knife butchers everything.

  24. Potatoes are a plenty in my kitchen, so this bread would be perfect. The real butter factor would make it totally ah-mazing :)

  25. I have never even considered making potato bread at home, but this recipe just changed my mind. The bread looks so perfect... I need to try this!

  26. Just wanted to say that I made this bread and it turned out wonderfully!

    Thanks so much!


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