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Potato and olive oil bread

Oh. My. God. I usually only try one piece of my bread when it comes straight from the oven. But this bread; I don’t even know how many slices I ate before I decided I was better off at the climbing gym.

Seriously, though. If you only bake one kind of bread this year, make this kind.

Potato and olive oil bread
It actually makes your kitchen smell like fried potatoes.. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. 

Potato and olive oil bread

Duration: 24 hours to let the pre-dough get active. Then another 3 hours to let the dough rise and bake the bread.
Makes 2 loafs.

Day 1

  • 210 g white starter (7.4 oz)
  • 400 g filtered water (14 oz)
  • 265 g bread flour (9.3 oz)
  • 850 g red potatoes (1.9 lb)

Day 2

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 475 g bread flour (16.8 oz)

semolina flour
olive oil
sea salt

Mix starter, water and bread flour in a bowl. Wrap the bowl with cling wrap and let sit for 24 hours, until the pre-dough is active, looking nice and bubbly. Boil the red potatoes (keep the peel on), mash them and let them cool. Add sea salt, honey, olive oil, mashed potatoes and bread flour to the pre-dough. It should be pretty sticky. Grease two loaf pans and dust them with flour. Divide the dough in two parts and put one part in each loaf pan. Let rise for two hours.

When the loafs have risen to approximately double size, brush some olive oil on top and pour some sea salt and semolina flour on top. Preheat the oven to 390°F. Put the loafs on the lower rack and throw in 1/3 cup of water on the bottom of the oven. After 30 minutes, move the loads to the middle rack and bake another 15 minutes. If they have reached an inner temperature of 207°F, but still do not have much color on top, there is always the trick of turning the oven on broil for a minute (you have to watch it though!).

Let cool on a rack.

Potato and olive oil bread
You won’t regret making this bread.

Submitted to #bakeyourownbread.