Recipe: Potato Bread
Preparation time: About 10 to 20 minutes of assembling and kneading, first proofing for about 2hrs., assembling the bread and second proofing for about 30 minutes. Baking for about 1/2hr.
Dried yeast – 7g
Warm water – ¼ cup for the yeast
Flour mixture – 3½ cups in the following composition
Self raising flour – ½ cup
Saffola atta mix – ½ cup
Whole wheat flour and a fistful of wheat bran – 1½ cup
Refined flour or maida – 1 cup
Salt – 1tsp
Everyday dairy whitener – 1½tbsp (The book used 2tbsp full cream milk powder)
Potatoes (Cooked, mashed and warm) – 1 cup
Chopped coriander – 1 cup (The book used chives instead)
Warm water extra for kneading the dough – 1 cup
Soymilk/milk/vegan butter/butter – for glazing (The book used egg white)
Mix of sesame and flax seeds – 1½tsp (The book used sunflower seeds)
Brush a round cake tin (Mine is 8in.) with oil. (I did not line the tin).
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Cover and leave in a warm place for 5 minutes or till it is frothy.
Meanwhile mix the flours together and sift into a large bowl along with the salt and milk powder three times to evenly blend them.
Combine the mashed potatoes and coriander with the flour and knead with the extra warm water to make a soft dough. Do not add water or flour if it doesn’t gather immediately. Just continue for a few more minutes.
The dough should be smooth and elastic. Oil a bowl and rest the dough in it. Brush the top with oil and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour to proof – It should be double in volume.
Punch (See the one I have packed on the dough – looks dangerous, doesn’t it? – Hehe!), and knead dipping your finger in a little oil if needed. Mine became very sticky.
Divide into 14 balls – 6 slightly smaller. You may have to dip your finger in oil before making the balls – the dough will be a little sticky.
Place a round ball in the centre of the tin and surround it with 6 balls in the first layer.
Shape the other 6 balls a little oblong and place it above and between two balls of the first layer forming a second layer. Place another round ball in the centre and sprinkle the sesame and flax seeds on it forming a daisy pattern.
Cover the tin and leave in a warm place for second proofing until the dough has risen well.
Brush the top with milk and water.
Preheat the oven to 210 deg. C. and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce and bake for 20 to 30 minutes till the top has browned and is firm to touch or till a skewer inserted comes out neat.
Let it cool in the tin for about 10 minutes. Turn out and cool on a wire rack for sometime.
The bread is definitely healthy and has a good texture – soft and crumbly as seen here with a good crust -not hard just firm. But it has to be served with something more than just butter – maybe cheese. It is a good substitute for pav as in ‘pav bhaji’. My daughter prefers the focaccia – she is a little bored with my obsession for healthy flour, I guess. My son liked it but said he would have liked a doughnut better. My husband thought it was like an ordinary whole wheat bread and I thought – Well! Wasn’t that exactly what it was supposed to be? I guess we all had ‘great expectations’ because of the potatoes – I could not figure out the role! I suspect that it softens the texture.