Monday, November 26, 2007

Daring Bakers Challenge: Tender Potato Bread

I have to say I was super excited when I saw what the challenge for November was to make Tender Potato Bread. After the super sweet (and very yummy) October challenge this was a welcomed recipe to make. I have also been wanting to get more experience with making bread for a really long time. I feel like now that I live in my own house this might be possible. Before when we lived in the apartment there was just no room to make the dough or for it to rise properly (very drafty and cold).

One thing I liked about this recipe was that the ingredient list was short and I actually had most of the stuff in the house already. For the most part I didn't have any problems with this recipe and enjoyed making it. This time around making the challenge I got my husband to watch my son so I could bake in peace. This helped a lot with me not feeling rushed or like I was messing something up.

I was concerned with all the warnings about the softness of this dough and not to use to much flour. I thought I had this all under control and the dough was coming out great going in to the first rise...then it happened. I turned out the dough to kneed it just before you shape it. My original plan was to make them into clover leaf rolls which look so cool. Well my dough was SOOO sticky that I couldn't shape the dough at all and decided to just drop dough into a muffin tin and make muffin rolls. They actually came out really well and for the first time ever they didn't even stick to my muffin tin. This recipe makes a lot of dough so I put the extra into an 8x8 pan and made a nice thin sort of loaf out of it.



Review: I enjoyed making this recipe and even with my crazy sticky dough I might make it again when I have the time. My husband was very impressed with the say it came out and really liked having the bread with dinner (my son enjoyed it as well). I also enjoyed having the rolls with my lunch for a couple of days...below is a picture of my sandwich I made using the potato bread muffin with my salad.

I think my problem was that I used way to much potato and maybe even not enough flour. I feel with a little more bread making experience attempting this recipe again would make the difference. I have to say most of the time I make dough it is usually in a machine of some kind.

22 comments:

April said...

Your bread looks great!

Shawnda said...

I also though about making clover-leaf rolls. And then my hand sunk all the way up to my wrist in the dough... it just wasn't gonna happen :) Great job!

breadchick said...

Your muffin rolls are great looking. It sure was a soft dough wasn't it!! Great job on this month's challenge.

Peabody said...

Defintely keep at it...baking bread is all from practice.
Looks good.

Jen Yu said...

Yay for sandwiches! I say sandwiches and the focaccia are the best ways to eat the bread - so delicious. Great job!

-jen at use real butter

Gigi said...

awe, love the little rolls! great job!

I(dot)J said...

I loved your square loaf... makes me want to try it all over again. Great job.

Tartelette said...

Congrats on another challenge completed! Baking bread is tricky but the more you do it the better you get at feeling the dough and gauging your ingredients! Looks great to me!

Inne said...

those muffin rolls look very cute.

Anne said...

The rolls looked cute!Glad you liked the challenge :)

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your bread. The sandwich looks great!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

S. said...

You did muffin tin rolls too!! It worked so well, yes?

Julie said...

Your breads really do look yummy! I was hoping to do more with shaping, too, but while I managed to get it to shape-able, it still took me a bit of time to form it, so I didn't do as much as I would've liked. I'm glad you're going to work more with this recipe, though! I think clover leafs would look awesome!

marias23 said...

Ooooo, potato muffin sammich! Yummy! I also enjoyed my foccacia with a salad :)

Dolores said...

I'm glad you ventured away from the bread machine with this one...your buns look great and I love the square loaf.

chronicler said...

Good first effort! The rolls look yummy!

Deborah said...

I agree that baking bread takes practice - but even some veteran bread bakers had problems with this dough being so sticky! It looks great!

Bev and Ollie "O" said...

great idea with the muffin tin! And the result was fab! x

Christina said...

Your muffin rolls look great! Nice job and I'm glad everyone liked it.

Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

creampuff said...

Congratulations on the bread! It looks great!

Claire said...

Glad your bread came out easily. My rolls stuck to the pan and the focaccia even stuck to the parchment paper!

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