Friday, March 6, 2009

Potato Bread

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups cooked potato, put through a sieve
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup milk, scalded
2 packages active dry yeast or 2 cakes compressed yeast
1/3 cup potato water*
5 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose or bread flour
1 egg white
Seasame seeds

Add butter to hot potatoes and stir until melted. Add sugar, salt, and milk. Sprinkle or crumble yeast into water. *Use very warm water (105F to 115F) for dry yeast; use lukewarm (80F to 90F) for compressed. Let stand a few minutes; then stir until dissolved. Add to milk misture. Stir in 3 cups of flour and beat until smooth. Gradually stir in remaining flour, or enough to make a firm dough. Knead for 10 minutes.

Put in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until double in bulk. Punch down and let rise again. Punch down and shape dough into 2 loaves.

Cover and let rise. Brush with egg white which have been slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon of water. Sprinkle heavily with sesame seeds. Bake in a cold oven 400F for 45 to 50 minutes.

Makes 2 loaves

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