January 2, 2016

Sourdough Potato Bread

On the Menu Today~
Sourdough Potato Bread

The perfect bread for left-over holiday ham sandwiches....

This recipe uses a standard mixer with dough hook attachment,
but it can also be made completely by hand.

Sourdough Potato Bread

  • 2 servings prepared instant mashed potatoes
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 5 1/2 cups flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 egg whites, for topping, optional
  • poppy seeds, for topping, optional
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare mashed potatoes, according to package directions; cool to room temperature. In work bowl of mixer, combine potatoes with milk, butter, starter and eggs. In a separate bowl stir together yeast, 2 cups of flour, sugar and salt; add to starter mixture and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed using dough hook attachment. Add 1 1/2 cups more flour and beat to make a stiff dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead 8 to 10 minutes; place in a greased bowl, turn to coat, cover loosely and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
  2. Punch dough down and knead briefly on a floured surface. Divide into 6 pieces and form each into a strip about 1" thick and 16" long. Braid 3 strips and form into a loaf, tucking in ends; repeat with remaining 3 strips.
  3. Loaves may be set to rise on a large greased baking sheet (for country style loaves) or in 2 greased 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pans. Cover loaves loosely and let rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Brush tops generously with egg whites and sprinkle with poppy seeds, optional. Bake at 350ยบ F for 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Makes 2 loaves.

Recipe lightly adapted from Simply Sourdough~The Alaska Way~by Kathy Doogan
Sourdough, Potato, Bread


  1. It would be helpful if you gave the serving sizes of the potatoes in ounces. That way, other bakers who blanch at using instant anything can substitute real mashed potatoes.

    1. Hi,
      The standard serving size of mashed potatoes,
      per person is 2/3 cup mashed.
      The US Potato Board suggests that one
      5 1/2 ounce potato per person be used.
      Thanks for your question, Lynn


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