Homemade Potato Bread

Potato bread, with its soft, tender crumb and slightly sweet flavor, is a beloved staple that has graced dinner tables for generations. Making potato bread from scratch is a rewarding experience that yields a loaf with a delightful texture and rich taste. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through the process of creating your very own homemade potato bread, ensuring that every slice is a little taste of comfort. Let’s get started on this bread-making adventure!


For the Potato Bread:

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups warm water (110°F/43°C)
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour (approximately), plus extra for dusting

For Optional Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


Step 1: Prepare the Mashed Potatoes

  1. Place the diced potatoes in a saucepan and cover them with water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and mash them thoroughly until you have smooth, lump-free mashed potatoes. Set them aside to cool.

Step 2: Activate the Yeast

  1. In a small bowl, combine the warm water and a pinch of the granulated sugar.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy. This indicates that the yeast is active.

Step 3: Mix the Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the frothy yeast mixture, the remaining granulated sugar, softened butter, salt, and the cooled mashed potatoes.
  2. Gradually add in the flour, one cup at a time, stirring until the dough comes together.
  3. Once the dough becomes too thick to stir, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead it for about 8-10 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. You may need to add more flour as necessary to prevent sticking.

Step 4: First Rise

  1. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-1.5 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

Step 5: Shape the Loaf

  1. Punch down the risen dough to release excess air.
  2. Shape the dough into a loaf and place it in a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  3. Optionally, whisk together an egg and water to create an egg wash. Brush the top of the dough with this mixture for a shiny crust.

Step 6: Second Rise

  1. Cover the loaf pan with a kitchen towel and let it rise for another 30-45 minutes.

Step 7: Preheat the Oven

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Step 8: Bake the Potato Bread

  1. Place the risen loaf in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the bread is golden brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  2. If you used the egg wash, be sure to monitor the bread to prevent over-browning. You can cover it with foil if needed.

Step 9: Cool and Enjoy

  1. Remove the potato bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  2. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Once it’s cooled, slice and enjoy your homemade potato bread, whether it’s for sandwiches, toast, or simply with a smear of butter.


Homemade potato bread is a delightful treat that adds warmth and comfort to any meal. With its soft, fluffy texture and subtle sweetness, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of dishes. By following this recipe, you’ll create a loaf that not only fills your kitchen with a wonderful aroma but also fills your heart with the satisfaction of baking something truly special. Enjoy every slice of your homemade potato bread!

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