May 22, 2008

Easy Potato Bread for Taste & Create

Printable version here.

Taste & Create is an event idea of Nicole’s at For the Love of Food. What one does (if you want to be a part of this) is to write in to Nicole and she then randomly pairs you up with a fellow blogger. Paired bloggers then go through each other’s blogs, find something they like to re-create and then write about it on their blogs.
I came across this event a couple of months back but didn’t have the time to be a part of it. I thought this was a nice way of discovering another food blog and cooking from that person’s recipe collection.
Well, I signed up to be a part of this month’s Taste & Create and my partner in this endeavour is Valli of More Than Burnt Toast. I had come across her blog earlier as a fellow Daring Baker.
May I introduce you to Valli? She lives in Canada, has a daughter in the 3rd year at University, and says she loves traveling and cooking. She also syas she has a family who very happily enjoy playing guinea pigs to all her experiments with food.
She has a lot of lovely looking food and recipes on her blog but not for me simply because I’m a vegetarian. That’s not to say I didn’t find anything I could cook. On the contrary, it took me a while to decide what I wanted to cook for this event. I enjoy Italian food (that’s vegetarian, of course).
I finally decide on her Mom and Dad’s Potato Bread. What first caught my eye was the lovely picture she says her dad painted. The next thing was that this bread uses baking powder instead of yeast and so doesn’t take very long to make. And I like to bake bread! I reduced the time further by mixing up everything in the food processor. :)




I am reproducing Valli’s recipe below. I made a small addition of some dried herbs and used processed cheese, otherwise this is her recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup grated processed cheese (this was what I had)
2 cups cooked, mashed potatoes
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp mixed dried Italian herbs

Method:

Put the flour, salt, dried herbsmustard and baking powders into the bowl of the processor. Pulse a couple of times till mixed.
Keep aside about 2 tbsp of the cheese and add the remaining cheese and mashed potatoes to this. Pulse again till mixed. Now add the water and oil and process till everything comes together as a soft dough.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape into a round approximately 8” in diameter. Placed on a greased sheet/ tray. Mark the loaf into four without cutting through. I used a sharp knife for this. Sprinkle the 2 tbsp grated cheese over the loaf and bake at 220C for about 30minutes. Cool on a rack.




Valli suggests eating this bread as fresh as possible or toasting it. We ate it fresh!
The bread was very soft (as you can see in the picture) and really tasty. I think what I liked the most was that this bread was made so quickly. I shall definitely be making this again.
Thanks, Valli.

21 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

I am so glad that you had a chance to make my mom & dads potato bread Aparna. They eat it as a meal in itself with a salad seeing as they are vegetraians as well. Great minds think alike as they always say because I made bread from your blog as well which was delicious by the way:D

Rachel said...

Lovely post Aparna..and the bread looks so tender....

Vaibhav said...

That looks delicious, i m definately gonna try that tomorrow.
Home made bread, for a change.
Cheers!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Aparna...
That was a gorgeous looking bread. Looks so good. Turned out perfect for u. Love it...

Andhra Flavors said...

It looks great with chees finishing.

Homecooked said...

Wow...the bread looks so soft and yummy!

SMN said...

That luks yum.. never tried it..

Asha said...

Potato and cheese! I want it now! Beautiful Aparna. Let me try your Naan first and then this.Long weekend ahead! Enjoy :)

Vcuisine said...

Aparna they are looking great. Viji

hetal said...

Yummmy Potato bread,this is a wonderful recipe...

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

What a beautiful bread Apara...& I do love Val's blog. She's sucha sweetheart! Have bookmarked the bread...it looks delicious. How are you enjoying Goa? Have you settled down? Good to have you back in blogland!! Cheers Deeba

bhags said...

Potato bread looks soft ans warm....this event is catching up in the blogosphere....nice one

Asha said...

Aparna, just made your Tawa Naan for dinner, it was so easy and soft. I aded garlic, onion pd Kalonji and clintro to the dough when mixing.
I had a bit of trouble flipping the heavy tawa to grill the other side, so used a cookie cooling rack on the back burner and took the Naan right on to grill! Came out perfect, will link next week. Thanks:)

Happy cook said...

Nice to know about the event.
Love the potato bread. They look super delicious

Arundathi said...

that bread looks fantastic, Aparna. I'm always on the look-out for recipes without yeast (hate using yeast!). The bread looks beautiful! I'll definitely try it!

Ivy said...

Hi Aparna and thanks for visiting my blog. You were a very lucky lady to be paired with Val. I have tried some of Val's dishes and they are really delicious. I saw your bread that Val made and that looked delicious as well.
BTW, I am hosting my first food event called Fat Chefs or Skinny Gourmets? and as I have seen that you have many recipes that fit with this event would be glad if you (and whoever else wish) would participate.

farida said...

What a great recipe! The bread looks soft inside, just the way I like it:) I like the idea of using potatoes in the bread. Never tried anything like this. Thanks for sharing with us!

Aparna said...

Thanks Valli, for the lovely recipe. Enjoyed going through your blog.

It is a great bread, honestly. Make it and you'll agree.

We've settled in and are getting back to routine, Deeba.

Happy the naan came out well, Asha. And I will try using the cookie rack next time. Thanks for the idea.

Ivy, Will try my best to be a part of your event.

Arundathi said...

was wondering what mustard powder is? ie - i cant find it in madras, so was wondering if i could substitute something else? or leave it out?

Aparna said...

I couldn't really taste the mustard in the bread I made, so you can probably leave it out.
But if you want, you can powder some mustard seeds (kadugu in tamil)fine and use it.

tim said...

Good Job!: )