TwD: Baking Rustic Potato Loaves with Julia


I was hesitant about making this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia assignment. Having just finished up a three-week cleanse, I wasn’t sure how safe it was to incorporate baked goods back into my system. However, I thought it wouldn’t be too harsh since the recipe is vegan-friendly. I was also able to use up ingredients I had on-hand, including red potatoes instead of russet and doing a half whole wheat flour/half all-purpose flour mix.

The dough came together easy enough though I did notice some medium sized bits of potato that refused to get mashed. Also, the recipe stated to be patient while the dough mixed for 11 minutes, indicating that it would look crumbly like pie crust at first but would eventually come together and start clinging to the bowl like brioche dough. That part was true, but what the recipe didn’t say was that the dough would continually “walk up” the dough hook like the top of the dough wanted to jump out of the bowl during mixing!

This bread wasn’t as soft or pillowy as I expected, but that could be due partly to my use of whole wheat flour. My loaf also came partially unfurled, so I guess I didn’t use enough flour to seal the seam. However, the dough didn’t become wet enough for me to even think it would stay closed during baking. Oh, well. The slices tasted great with butter nonetheless! If you’d like to try your hand at these rustic potato loaves, head over to this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia host, Dawn of Simply Sweet, where she’s posted the recipe.

63 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cher
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 08:14:28

    I thought the instruction to use flour to hold the seam was a little odd – usually, I would use a little water or something.
    Really lovely color on your bread!

  2. Inger Wilkerson
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 08:14:33

    I think it looks good even partly unfurled–adds to the rustic look, which is beautiful!

  3. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 08:31:39

    Looks beautiful! I think it was supposed to come a little undone like that – mine sure did! You got a really lovely crust on yours!

  4. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 08:51:31

    maybe it wasn’t soft but for sure looks amazing.

  5. Ronda
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 09:15:48

    What a beauty! I have had to fight bread dough to stay in the mixer in the past too. Kinda crazy isn’t it?

  6. Cathleen
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 09:23:42

    Great looking loaf. I interpreted the directions to flour the seam so it would not stay closed, giving the bread its rustic look.

  7. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 10:03:08

    Pretty loaf. Did it make you sick or anything since you were cleansing before? I definitely am a fan of the whole wheat flour, even if it’s tougher to use.

  8. Ameena
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 10:40:25

    Sorry this didn’t turn out exactly the way you expected but if tastes good anyway? That’s all that matters!

    Curious what the name of the cleanse you did is?

  9. Mary
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 12:21:06

    Despite your difficulties the picture shows another story! it looks wonderful 🙂
    Mary x

  10. apuginthekitchen
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 12:35:37

    I love potato bread, your unfurled loaf looks really good, rustic and I thought thats the way it was supposed to look before I read. Warm bread and butter, there is nothing better.

  11. saucygander
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 13:19:43

    Your loaf looks fantastic! I also had little bits of potatoes that didn’t mash fully, but I thought that added to the rustic appearance.. 🙂

  12. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 13:24:12

    A beautiful and rustic looking loaf. I’ll bet it makes great sandwiches.

  13. Choc Chip Uru
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 14:35:58

    The colour and shape of your bread is utterly delicious 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. squishymonster
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 16:43:45

    What beauties!

  15. Ingeniousmrs
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 16:45:17


  16. Melolimparfaite
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 17:57:39

    doesn’t look like you had a hard time sound great

  17. hotlyspiced
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 18:24:32

    Despite the issues, the potato bread looks really good xx

  18. Barb Bamber (@justasmidgen1)
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 18:50:06

    It must have tasted just wonderful.. don’t you hate it when your recipe climbs up the dough hook, lol?

  19. Liz
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 19:25:39

    I should have added some whole wheat flour, too! And mine came unfurled as well…even though I attempted to glue it shut with water. It just made it more rustic! Glad you enjoyed it, too )

  20. SandraM
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 19:35:06

    My dough kept trying to leave the KA too. I kept having to beat it down!!! 🙂
    Your loaf looks great. I wasn’t brave enough to try mixing in whole wheat, I went straight all purpose. But one day I’ll try. I loved this recipe, so no doubt I’ll be making it again soon.

  21. Natalie
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 20:21:08

    Yum yum, a must try recipe!

  22. cecilia
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 21:10:25

    what a pretty loaf of bread even though it was taking itself for a walk out of its bowl!!c

  23. rebeccasubbiah
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 21:54:33

    fun bread adding in potato

  24. Elaine
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 22:05:40

    Mmmm…red potatoes and whole wheat flour…sounds and looks terrific. I liked the little flecks of potato and I bet the skins from the red potato were really pretty.

  25. juliana
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 23:11:48

    What a beautiful loaf of bread…love the rustic look!
    Enjoy your week 🙂

  26. moderngirlnutrition
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 23:22:29

    Such a beautiful loaf!! Have a great night 🙂

  27. Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 23:34:23

    Looks so fantastic! Love baking bread.

  28. Three Well Beings
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 00:16:56

    I really enjoy baking bread, but I now exactly what you mean about making sure it’s the right time to bake! There are times I know in advance I’ll be too quick to devour it, and I usually wait to bake later when I’m in a better place to pace myself! I’ll have to check out the recipe. I like the sound of it. 🙂

  29. The Sketched Chef
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 03:45:17

    Despite all the issues, the bread looks realy amazing !

  30. Food,Photography & France
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 04:16:26

    I like the idea of potato bread very much. Use a potato ricer to mash the potato – you won’t get any lumps that way.

  31. chefconnie
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 08:05:57

    I think it turned out lovely. Rustic!

  32. markd60
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 08:23:41

    Looks good, sounds good, makes me hungry. Like always…..

  33. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 09:15:25

    That’s the most beautiful loaf of bread!

  34. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 09:31:56

    Was the bread trying to escape… lol …Well it looks like you won as this is a gorgeous rustic loaf.

  35. Deepti
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 11:21:09

    Love the rustic look and beautiful crust ……..

  36. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 11:39:46

    I honestly prefer the look of a more rustically shaped bread. Lovely and sounds amazing!

  37. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 12:19:07

    I’m not sure my comment was clear, but the look of your gorgeous loaf is my kind of bread!

  38. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 13:28:33

    I think your bread looks gorgeous! Potato bread I buy is crusty on the outside and soft almost moist inside, I love it.

  39. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 13:54:55

    the bread looks perfectly baked and so crispy- i just want a big huge slice please

  40. Dara
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 15:54:05

    Delicious! This looks like such filling bread. The photo is gorgeous.

  41. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 18:42:30

    I do like unfurled seams in a bread. The color is gorgeous!

  42. Jenn and Seth
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 22:53:09

    What a gorgeous loaf of bread! Awesome job!

  43. Tandy
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 23:00:37

    I love the rustic look!

  44. gfcelebration
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 23:27:50

    Beautiful looking loaf. Hoping to achieve a similar result with our next batch.

  45. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 03:15:21

    My mouth is actually watering from looking at these pics. Bread is my major weakness (with butter, of course!)

  46. Cakelaw
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 05:23:29

    Your bread looks fabulous – it has such a nice crust, and I love the shape.

  47. Amanda Chic
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 08:27:06

    Love it !! Yummm 😀

    A chic kiss 😉

  48. Beth
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 09:59:06

    Your loaf looks delicious. I’m glad you liked it!

  49. mysfkitchen
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 10:14:00

    Wow this is the most beautiful loaf I have ever seen! Great job!

  50. Amanda
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 13:17:18

    Looks great! Perfectly rustic. Glad to know it still works well with the whole wheat flour incorporated.

  51. Ckay
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 13:33:18

    I love the look of your loaf.
    This bread was my favourite and the addition of whole wheat flour and ground flax seed made it fantastic.
    Thank you for always commenting my blog. I really appreciate ❤

  52. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 13:39:01

    sliced n toasted with butter then drizzled with honey,
    i’m in heaven…..

  53. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 20:40:46

    Glad this tasted good, as it looks delicious!

  54. tracy
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 21:03:12

    I love bread, especially homemade bread that is still warm. This looks delicious.

  55. Geraldine Saucier
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 23:25:29

    The bread looks delicious:). I like the rustic look.

  56. juliaslee1
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 09:56:08

    These potato loaves look delicious despite the few difficulties that you had. Yum, what a fantastic idea, I really want to try it out!

  57. loavesandstitches
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 11:59:21

    Looks wonderful to me!

  58. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 23:07:48

    This loaf looks beautiful!! I am not so good at making bread and could definitely use some practice. I’ll have to head over and check out the recipe!

  59. teaandscones
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 22:49:49

    Using red potatoes sounds like a good idea, and adding WWF sounds good too. I love how your loaf looks

  60. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 15:16:20

    OMG your rustic potato bread looks like one from popular bakery! Perfect crust! 😀

  61. Piera Anastasia
    Apr 11, 2013 @ 17:28:15

    Yummy 🙂 Can I have some? 😛

  62. Tina Evans
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 10:06:03

    What a beautiful loaf of bread. I’ve always been intimidated by yeast recipes Lol. Can’t explain why 🙂

  63. greyhousejournal
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 19:02:17

    I’ve had dough crawl up the hook like that a number of times. Almost like it has a life of it’s own. Drives me nuts! As far as your loaf, it looks great to me! Sometimes the most misshapen of my baking attempts taste the best. Sort of like the universe saying ‘sorry ’bout that, but just have a taste’ 🙂

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