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Potato Water Yeast Bread, Recipe rewind, because some things are too good to miss!

Recipe rewind, because in the beginning there is a blogger who has no readers. She still posts great food in hopes that the readers will come..........you can also view it here in the archives, Sunday December 28, 2008.

Never Throw out your potato water!

Because it makes the best bread. I just pulled these two from the oven, they look great and smell even better.

We will be having soup, salad and bread for supper.

What I have is a process, there is no hard rules recipe.

When you boil potatoes for mashed potatoes, and drain off
the water, drain it into a small bowl or large glass measure cup;
I usually have approximately 2 cups of potato water (you can add a bit of
water if needed for a full measure).

To the water (after it has cooled) add:

1 T sugar
2 t yeast
1 c flour
Stir and cover with a cloth, let the mixture sit/sour on your counter 24-48 hours. The fermentation process will add wonderful flavor to your finished bread. When you are ready to make bread, empty the potato water mixture into the bread machine pan. Next add

3 c flour
1 1/2 t salt
2 T honey
2 T oil
1 t yeast (You might not need additional yeast, I prefer to bake my finished dough in a standard oven and usually store the dough in the fridge overnight before baking.)

Start the machine using the dough cycle, make sure the mixture has enough flour, if you have made a few loaves before, it is fairly easy to tell that the dough is holding on to itself and kneading properly.

Let the machine run it's full cycle. Punch down and place in the fridge for overnight aging. The next morning (or later) punch down again and shape. You can now let it rise on the counter or return to the fridge and bake it the next day or later that day when you get home from work.


This particular batch is flavored with minced dried tomatoes in olive oil (and oil from the jar was used for the needed oil for the bread) diced cheddar cheese (the cheese was kneaded into the dough) and roasted garlic chips (from the spice section at Costco).

You can flavor anyway you want, or leave plain.

If you leave plain, you could also increase the sweetness of the dough by adding 2 T of sugar along with the honey and when your dough is done, roll is out and turn the dough into cinnamon rolls.

This is the fun part about baking, it is different each time, and yet it is the same technique.

Bring on the potatoes!

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop by.
I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

key words:  potato water bread, dough cycle, flavored yeast breads


  1. That's a great tip! I didn't know you could use potato water for that. Years ago, while camping, we were running low on water and a friend decided to use the leftover potato water to make the coffee. Not recommended!!!

  2. Sounds great. I do love homemade bread.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. I'm still yukking from Holly's potato water coffee,, blah!!!I have used my potao water for bread alsways as my mumdid before me,, I also love potato bread,, yum,, these photos are mouth wateringly good!!

  4. This bread sounds and looks scrumptious. The idea of potato water sounds like a good tip. Thanks.

  5. Wow! Delightful and yummy!

  6. I have a few bread recipes that call for potato flour but I've never made bread made with the water. Great idea! Have a good weekend Melynda although I'm sure we'll talk again before the weekend is over.

  7. This is an awesome idea! I so wish I had a bread machine! I would imagine that you'd have to just knead it forever if you don't, right? This sounds great!

  8. I've never thought about re-using my potato water, great idea! I love making homemade bread and will definitely try this recipe, thanks!


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