Monday, November 26, 2007

Daring Bakers November Challenge - Tender Potato Bread

This month the Daring Bakers challenged themselves to make Potato Bread. You may think that this doesn't sound particularly hard or exciting, but I assure you that would be an incorrect assumption.

The lovely Tanna of My Kitchen in Half Cups chose this recipe so that we'd be able to expand our baking horizons and use new ingredients. I have never baked with potatoes so I was looking forward to see how the bread would turn out. After reviewing the recipe I got to work and didn't leave it to the last minute like I usually do.

First of all, the dough turned out very soft and sticky. I ended up adding 7 and a half cups of flour to get a nice dough consistency. I let it proof in my oven and unfortunately didn't use a big enough bowl because when I came back after the first rise, the dough was exploding over the sides. Be aware that the recipe makes a lot of dough.

I had enough dough to make a 9 x 13-inch pan holding 12 buns and two 9-inch round focaccia breads. Sadly, I don't have a picture of the latter since they got eaten first. I added some shredded cheese to the bun tops and baked them up. Let me just say, the bread was wonderful.

The potato bread had a chewy texture and a crispy crust. It definitely didn't taste like regular white bread but it didn't taste like potatoes either. The buns rose so high that you were full after just one. I used them to eat with chili and turned the rest into breakfast egg and cheese sandwiches. It was a winner and I didn't have any problems with potato weights or the yeast. I would, however, make less next time.

For the complete recipe, please visit Tanna and for all the many talented creations made by my fellow Daring Bakers, check out the blogroll.

35 comments:

Katia said...

The rolls look beautiful and so fluffy! My rolls don't look quite as soft as these, although when warm they did taste great.

Madeleine said...

I'm with Katia.. your rolls look fluffy... mines don't! :(

Great job!!!

breadchick said...

Great job on your challenge this month. The rolls look light as air!!

Julius said...

Your potato breads have that perfect texture and airiness that I was hoping for.

Great work. :)


Julius from Occasional Baker

Shawnda said...

The rolls are so light and airy. Fabulous job!

Michelle said...

Your rolls look absolutely fabulous! I'm jealous ;-)

Ivonne said...

Hi Jen,

I had the same experience with the dough ... it was huge! Your rolls are so cute!

Marce said...

the rolls look perfectly fluffy... yum!

Gigi said...

awesome looking rolls!

Cherry said...

Your rolls are airy and light! Looks like they are great to bite into!

Peabody said...

Those are some good looking rolls.

Katie said...

They look so light and fluffy. I like the addition of cheese. Hope you got your oven cleaned!

Baking Soda said...

Fluffy is the keyword here! Fantastic results!

Simona said...

Lovely buns. I guess next time you first take a photo and then serve the focaccia.

Tartelette said...

I want your rolls, they look so fluffy!! Great job on another perfecty executed challenge!

Eva said...

I love crispy cheese rolls but have never made them myself! Yours will remind me to finally do it!

Christina said...

Ditto on the fluffiness of your rolls. Fantastic results, I'd say!

I cut the recipe in half the second time and it still produced a wonderfully-sized 9x5" loaf.

Augustina said...

Your bread looks so fluffy and delicious. Great job!

Sheltie Girl said...

Your rolls look delightful!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Gretchen Noelle said...

I love the fluffiness of these rolls. They just look delicious! Great job!

April said...

your rolls look very light and fluffy!! yum!

Jen Yu said...

I know everyone is saying how light and fluffy your rolls are but... they really are so gorgeously fluffy! Beautiful job. Wow!!

-jen at use real butter

Fruit tart said...

Lovely rolls. I think I need to try making rolls in a baking pan rather than on a sheet -- I love the soft sides.

Cheryl said...

Love the golden crust on your bread. Just beautiful.

Gabi said...

Lovely rolls!
Nice job!
xoxo
Gabi

Madam Chow said...

Those rolls look absolutely wonderful! My bread wasn't fluffy at all, but the flavor and crust were very good. Next time I'm trying for fluffy.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Nice fluffy rolls! Well done!

Cheers,

Rosa

marias23 said...

Oooo! Yes! Chili would go so well with these rolls! It's awesome that you paired these breads with different things and meals :)

Deborah said...

It's funny how some people could taste the potatoes and some couldn't. I didn't. Your rolls look great. I love the cheese on top!

Julie said...

Your cheesy rolls look wonderful, and I'm sure your focaccia did, too!

Molly Loves Paris said...

Nice fluffy buns. My were tasty but short.

Yosha said...

Those look so good! I am going to try it out. Questino though...can I freeze these?

Thanks!

Yosha

Quellia said...

Beautiful buns! Nice work.

Dolores said...

Great job with the rolls... and the fact that the focaccia didn't make it to the photo shoot sounds like success to me!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Sorry I'm so late getting here!
Those are the best looking rolls I think I saw from this recipe. Wonderful touch with the cheese. The breakfast sandwiches sound great.