There is truly nothing like the smell of homemade bread baking the oven.

Homemade Potato Bread bakes up light and fluffy, with a tender golden crust and a mild buttery flavor! This bread is soft yet sturdy enough for sandwiches or dunking into your favorite beef stew.

Serve a slice fresh from the oven with a slather of butter, make a gourmet sandwich, or cool and freeze for another day. Potato bread is one of the easiest, most delicious bread recipes in our recipe box.

slices of Potato Bread

What is Potato Bread?

There are different types of potato bread, this version is similar to white bread but a little bit heartier. It is different from Irish potato bread (which is more like a skillet bread).

  • This quick and easy yeast bread recipe will have you feeling like a professional baker.
  • Chances are, all of the ingredients are already in the pantry.
  • We store this bread in the fridge and it keeps for about a week, although it never lasts that long!
  • There’s nothing quite like fresh bread from the oven for toast, sandwiches, or even pizza.

ingredients to make Potato Bread

Ingredients in Potato Bread

POTATOES Russets are the best potatoes to use since they have a high starch content. However, any variety will do. The potatoes are cooked and mashed, leftover mashed potatoes have added milk/butter and may or may not work well in this recipe. For the best results, I’d recommend cooking the potatoes on their own for this recipe.

FLOUR All-purpose white flour is used in this recipe as it bakes into the perfect texture with the potatoes.

YEAST/SUGAR/BUTTER These ingredients are required for the proper rising of the dough. Sugar is needed to activate the yeast so it can properly bind with the potatoes and flour. Butter is added to the dough to create flavor and bake some color into the crust.

MILK In this recipe the milk is heated to just before boiling and then cooled. This is known as scalding and  it helps the bread rise better as it denatures some of the proteins. This step can be skipped but I do find it gives a better rise. Heat the milk just until small bubbles form along the sides of the pot. As soon as you see small bubbles on the side, remove it from the heat.

process of adding yeast and ingredients together to make Potato Bread

How to Make Potato Bread

Put a new twist on a simple bread recipe!

  1. Boil potatoes and mash (save some of the potato water).
  2. Heat and cool the milk per the recipe below.
  3. Combine sugar, potato water, and yeast. Let rest a few minutes.
  4. In a mixer combine potatoes, milk, butter, salt, some flour, and yeast. Knead with mixer.
  5. Cover and allow the dough to rise. Add to loaf pans and rise again.
  6. Bake.

process of adding Potato Bread dough to pans

Tips for the Best Bread

  • Use a kitchen thermometer to gauge the temperature of the scalded milk and potato water. If one isn’t available, scald the milk until small bubbles form around the inside of the pot. Yeast is ready to use when the top of the liquid is foamy.
  • Let bread ‘proof’ or rise in an area away from drafts where the temperature is constant. Cover lightly with a kitchen towel.
  • Rise the bread until doubled in size.
  • Allow cooling in the pan a few minutes before removing the loaf from the pans.
  • Because homemade potato bread is made without preservatives, it will last longer if kept covered in the refrigerator. Or freeze a loaf or slices for up to 6 weeks.

loaf of Potato Bread

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Potato Bread

Homemade Potato Bread turns out perfectly light & fluffy every time!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 24 slices

Ingredients  

  • ¾ pound Russet potatoes or baking potatoes, about 2 medium + 1 cup of potato water
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 packets active dry yeast or 4 ½ teaspoons
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 7-8 cups flour

Instructions 

Mash Potatoes

  • Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch chunks. Place in a saucepan and add water to cover 1-inch above the potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender. Reserve 1 cup of the potato water and let cool slightly.
  • Drain potatoes well and mash until very smooth, cool slightly. You'll need 1 cup of mashed potatoes.

Scald the Milk

  • Meanwhile, place the milk in a saucepan and heat just until the milk forms bubbles along the side of the pot or until it reaches 181°F on a thermometer. Allow the milk to cool to 105-110°F (it should be warm but not really hot).

Prepare the Dough

  • Combine the reserved warm potato water (1 cup) with sugar. Sprinkle yeast over top and let sit for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  • In a large bowl or a mixer with a dough hook, combine mashed potatoes, warm milk, melted butter, salt, 4 ½ cups of flour, and the yeast mixture. Mix on medium-low until combined.
  • Continue adding flour, a bit at a time until the dough pulls away from the bowl. Allow to knead in the mixer on low until smooth and glossy, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Place in a greased bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Rest in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Divide dough in half, place each half into a greased (or parchment-lined) 9x5 loaf pan. Allow to rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake the bread until golden on top, about 45-55 minutes.

Notes

This recipe makes 2 loaves, 12 slices in each loaf. 
Notes
Scalding milk means it is heated just below boiling. I use an instant-read thermometer but if you don't have one, heat the milk just until small bubbles form along the sides of the pot. As soon as you see small bubbles on the side, remove it from the heat. Scalding the milk helps the bread rise better as it denatures some of the proteins.
If the bread begins to brown too much, loosely cover with foil.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 175 | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Bread
Cuisine American

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Recipe slightly adapted Knott, Opal. “Potato Yeast Bread”. Recipe. Favorite Eastern Star Recipes. Nashville, TN, 1968. 311. Print.

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    1. We haven’t tried making this recipe into rolls but you could try dividing one of the loaves into about 8 rolls, let them rise, and then baking for about 20 minutes or until golden on top. We would love to hear how it turns out for you!

  1. I just love your recipes. They are simple and almost always contain ingredients I have in my pantry. Even on the days I don’t feel like cooking, I get your post and feel inspired.
    In making the potato bread, can I assume it’s okay to only make one loaf. The recipe is easy to “half”.

    1. Thank you so much, I’m glad you’ve loved the recipes Laura! I can’t see any reason this recipe can’t be halved, let us know how it goes!

    1. We have only made this as written. If you’re looking for a savory bread without yeast, I would suggest our cheese bread here. It’s very versatile, you can leave the cheese out or make other additions to the cheese bread.

  2. I haven’t tried this recipe yet….
    My thought is, that you should mention not to use salt while cooking the potatoes, since the water would be used to help the yeast rise and supposedly yeast doesn’t like salt….
    Just a suggestion, thanks!
    JR

  3. I have quite a lot of instant potatoes (covid) I wonder if I can use these instead of actual potatoes….

    1. I haven’t tried this with instant potatoes so I can’t say for sure but I’d love to hear how it turns out for you.

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    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with all of us!
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