St. Patrick's day is approaching so I'm working on my Irish recipes. Irish beer bread is my favorite, but I already did a post on it so I decided to try another popular Irish bread - potato bread! I found this recipe at one of my favorite sites, The Fresh Loaf. It was originally a "baked potato bread" because it included traditional baked potato ingredients - chives, bacon, sour cream. I was lacking all three of those ingredients (classic) so I left out the chives and bacon, and used yogurt with a little bit of baking soda as a substitute for the sour cream. I used non-fat yogurt and it came out just fine (and even made it a bit healthier..)
Instead of using potato flakes or starch, this recipe calls for mashed potatoes. It is a great use for leftovers, even if they have milk and butter in them. Next time I make this recipe I am going to save the water I boiled the potatoes in for use in the bread batter. Oh yeah, and I'm going to put bacon in.
Ingredients (makes 2 1lb loaves, or 1 large loaf):