Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Rustic Potato Loaves | Tuesdays with Dorie

Rustic Potato Loaves | Tuesdays with Dorie

This week, the Tuesdays with Dorie group is baking these loaves from Baking with Julia: Savor the Joys of Baking with America's Best Bakers

I'm really pleased with this bread.
Rustic Potato Loaves | Tuesdays with Dorie


How to make it:

Take equal parts mashed potatoes and flour, mix them together with some yeast, a little water, and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Then beat the heck out of the dough for 11 (not 10, not 12) minutes.

Don't pay attention to how the dough feels. Don't worry about the weather, the room temperature, or the humidity. Forget everything you thought you knew about baking bread and the "feel" of the dough. Don't worry about the dough doubling. Just go with the time stated in the recipe.Just have faith.

This all goes against my bread baking intuition. Except... it works.



Rustic Potato Loaves | Tuesdays with Dorie


These are crusty rustic loaves with a super soft interior. The recipe involves a baking stone, steam, and all of that business. However, when you add potatoes to bread, it softens it... a lot. So how does this work? I'm not really sure.. but this bread is amazingly good. It's great simply sliced and buttered.

You can find the recipe on page 138 of the book, or on the Tuesdays with Dorie host site, Simply Sweet by Dawn. She has some amazing variations on the dough. Think potato skins meet bread. Pretty incredible.
Rustic Potato Loaves | Tuesdays with Dorie


What did I do differently from the original recipe in the book? Not much.
  • Instead of the pizza peel high wire act described in the book, I sprayed parchment with spray oil, sprinkled it with cornmeal, placed it onto a peel, and turned the loaves out onto the parchment. 
  • I dragged the parchment from the peel onto the stone, sprayed the oven with water, and shut the oven door. I then sprayed the oven 30 seconds later.... with my (drum roll please) awesome bread spraying toy
http://astore.amazon.com/karskitsto-20/detail/B000BX4VXI


It's garden tool, no it's a baking tool. Stop! You're both right!

To see how other bakers fared, visit the Tuesdays with Dorie site and click on the various links.


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28 comments:

  1. Karen, you temptress... another kitchen gadget to add to my collection ;-) Your bread turned out beautifully! This recipe was a leap of faith but really did turn out to be a winner. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. It's only $14..... you really need it. =)

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  2. Your bread looks perfect!!!! A beautiful crust that gives a nice rustic look!!!
    I love this recipe, easy and very tasty, definitely a keeper!!!

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  3. Beautiful loaves, Karen! I finally broke down and bought a squirt bottle just for the kitchen after making this bread. I had a teeny weeny bottle that was pretty worthless :)

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    1. I once went to a bread demo and the guy used a Super Soaker. That's power!

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    2. I think I have seen that video! Crazy!

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  4. Beautifully done.

    I had a little less faith and added some extra water :-)

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    1. Probably easier on your mixer. I was a bit concerned!

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  5. I want a bread spraying garden tool! I don't understand how this works either, but it works so well and is so forgiving. I baked mine in pre-heated pyrex, since that was all we had, and it still turned out!

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    1. I think anything that can give the bread a blast of heat when it first goes in the oven would be great. I'd just be careful spraying near the hot glass =)

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  6. I'm always forgetting about putting potatoes into bread dough. Thanks for the reminder! Your bread looks beautiful.

    I love your sprayer! (This would be perfect for foiling our one year old cat. hahaha, I think I'll get several to put in every room of the house. Do they come in designer colours?)

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Perfect for cats. How about sprayer cozies! ha ha.

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  7. Your loaves look incredible! Great job! And I too like your spray bottle!

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  8. Your loaves are absolutely gorgeous, Karen. I really like your new kitchen tool. :)

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  9. Love the garden tool :) I also had to fetch the spray bottle that I use for my plants. The crust of your bread is simply amazing - good job!

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  10. Your bread has such an amazing crust - my oven will not co-operate to do such things. I love that you left the skins on - I did too and it gave the bread such a great nutty flavour.

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    1. I'm wondering how you could get your oven to cooperate... could you add just a little malt syrup to the bread?

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  11. Perfect loaves! This really was a crazy recipe compared to the 'regular' bread recipes, I liked your description of it (don't worry how it feel, just go by time). I'm already wanting to make this again. I turned the rest into garlic bread last night and it was delish.

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    1. Ooooh. Garlic bread. I'm all over that.

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  12. Your sprayer must really do the trick as your crusts look perfect. It was an odd recipe and the texture was soooo different from normal bread, but it did work!

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  13. Loved how this bread looks. Most rustic I have ever made. I was leery about the dough as well, but like you said - it works. Your loaves are perfect.

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  14. i definitely need one of those water sprays to have my loaves as crusty as yours Karen!

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    1. Oh get one! You will crack yourself up when you use it.

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  15. Hope this is not a duplicate comment. My comment disappeared as I was typing.

    Beautiful bread! Then I expect nothing less from a talented bread baker as yourself. I enjoyed this recipe and will make this again. May I ask how long you have had your cutting board? I have a similar one and it is a chore to keep up, and never looks as good as yours. What do you use on it for the upkeep?

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    1. Cathleen, you are so sweet. True confession time. I kind of keep that cutting board for photos and use an old ugly one for the real cutting. I've had this one for about a year and got it from Crate and Barrel. =)

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  16. Love your spray bottle. You can multitask and mist your plants after you spray the oven!

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