Baking with Julia – Rustic Potato Loaves

IMG_0224These little beauties are the first things I’ve baked in two weeks. My oven was starting to have an identity crisis – does it actually turn on and bake things or is it just a storage space ala Carrie Bradshaw? I’ve been trying to make good choices with food so I haven’t been baking really at all since the most delicious cookies ever. I have eaten A LOT of salad and veggies with a protein on top and guess what – it hasn’t been all bad. I have to keep reminding myself that I do actually really like these things and they do taste great, it’s just when I think about what I want to cook or eat, a pasta that is smothered in cheese is usually what comes to mind. Good news – my pants feel looser. Bad news- I haven’t weighed myself or anything so this could just be an illusion. More good news (who wants to end on a bad note, really?) it is finally feeling like spring around here which means I can start running again. I went 3 times last week and it felt really good to get outside and get moving again.

But about this bread – I really didn’t know what to expect here. My potatoes were a little small so I used five and I decided not to peel them. The book said to leave the peel on and I was curious about how it would turn out so I went with it. After they had cooled for the allotted time I threw them in the mixer to get blended and was pleasantly surprised by how the peels broke up into little itty bitty pieces.

IMG_0207The rest of the ingredients were super simple and just got thrown in with the potatoes before a loooooooooooooooong 11 minutes of mixing. I was a little worried and the top of the mixer did get kinda hot and smelled weird but she made it through. The directions in the book were spot on because it totally did look too dry at first but eventually got really creamy and brioche-like.

IMG_0215Kinda just looks like mashed potatoes right? Trust me, there’s yeast in there. It smelled really delicious and yeasty and potato-y. After a short rise time I got to use one of my new favorite toys that my friend Susan brought me from France – my dough scraper! You might think it’s weird to get super excited about a smallish piece of hard white plastic but I love it!!

IMG_0218Shaping the dough was easy because it wasn’t sticky in the least and it just behaved really well.

IMG_0220And now we have some little footballs!

IMG_0222Um okay I guess they were more football-shaped in my head than they really were in real life. Another short rise later and these were ready to be transported to the hot oven with another one of my favorite things:

IMG_0223I baked them for about 50 minutes and they were ready to go. I liked this bread because it was the work of just one afternoon and it didn’t take three days to make. There’s something satisfying about being able to do something start to finish with relatively no downtime in between. I froze one of the loaves and have been snacking on the other one since Saturday. I can say that it makes pretty delicious toast and I’m going to make a ham sandwich with it for lunch today for sure. Will I make this again? Probably not, but I’m glad I tried it this time.

IMG_0229This week’s host is Dawn from Simply Sweet so check out her site for the recipe!

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15 thoughts on “Baking with Julia – Rustic Potato Loaves

  1. I love it when my dough behaves :-) Yummy looking bread.

    I am very excited that enough snow is melting off the shoulders of the road that running can resume – I am just not die-hard enough to fight slushy shoulders; I don’t like cold, wet feet…

  2. I really wanted to make this one, but I kept forgetting to buy potatoes, and I just didn’t seem to have the energy last week. I love the look of the dough, and the finished product looks terrific! I’m going to have to give it a try when I get the chance. Nice work!

  3. With this gorgeous looking bread your oven should be well past the identity crisis! A French dough scraper as a present made me smile – such a thoughtful gift.

  4. Beautiful bread. The texture looks great. And good for you eating healthy. It is one of those things we should do, but it is so easy to get off track. Hopefully the nice weather will help us all get back into the swing of things. :)

  5. I’ve also been trying to stay away from baked goods and lose a few pounds. The bread was very quick to put together. Yours looks great…the texture looks wonderful.

  6. Great looking loaves! Secretly I have always wanted a plastic dough scraper – though I guess a rubber spatula will do, but sometimes you need something a bit stronger to scrape the bowl down with. Next time I see one, I’m just going to grab it.

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