Potato Bread

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Potato Bread-made with instant potato flakes means you don’t have wait for leftover mashed potatoes to make it.

Potato Bread-made with instant potato flakes means you don't have wait for leftover mashed potatoes to make it.

I have to tell you about this bread. First off, it’s good, like addictingly good. So good that you might as well just plan a meal of bread and butter good. You can pretend and make a small salad to go with the bread but really, we all know what’s gonna happen.

But that’s not what I want to tell you about it. I want to tell you about the photos of this bread.

These are not the original photos.  I went on a baking spree. Ok, we just couldn’t get enough of this bread. I even made it as teachers gift at the end of the school year. I took it in, still warm from the oven. I made big loaves, I made mini loaves. I made it in a loaf pan, I made it free form.

Potato Bread-made with instant potato flakes means you don't have wait for leftover mashed potatoes to make it.

And each time, I took photos.

The first time I took the photos, I forgot to put my memory card in the camera. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that. My camera needs a loud alarm that says stop you dummy, there’s no card inserted! I bake more bread, I make sure the card is in the camera this time. Of course I’m not a person to take photos and immediately go edit them. No, I let them sit on the memory card for a week or more before removing and loading onto my computer.

I still haven’t figured out what went wrong.   But the photos weren’t on the memory card. Again, I need a loud alarm, hit you over the head, doesn’t let you take a picture-notification. I needed a new memory card as back up anyway.

Now that I’ve finally got photos, I can just make this bread because we enjoy it.

Potato Bread-made with instant potato flakes means you don't have wait for leftover mashed potatoes to make it.

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Potato Bread

Potato Bread


  • 1 envelope yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup warm water, 115 degrees
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/3 cup instant potato flakes
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar + 1/2 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + extra for brushing
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and warm water in a small bowl, stirring until dissolved. Let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. In mixing bowl, stir together potato flakes, milk, oil and remaining sugar and salt.
  2. Stir in yeast mixture. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, making sure to completely blend in. Once all flour is added, knead bread, either by hand or with dough hook attachment for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead 6-8 times then roll out to about a 9-15 rectangle. Roll dough from short end then tuck ends under. Place dough on a lightly greased baking sheet or in a lightly greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, just before baking, with a sharp knife, add on long slit or 3 smaller slits across the top of dough. Brush top of loaf with olive oil. Place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes, until bread is a deep golden color and sounds hollow when thumped.



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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Your bread does look really good! Glad you get to enjoy it now that the photo sessions are behind you!

  2. I don’t even need a picture of this bread to know its’s GOOD! I love it Joan! Homemade bread is one of my most favorite things in the world. And this is just in time for the school lunches!

  3. Ahhh that’s a lot of hassle! Glad you finally got these amazing photos-this bread looks perfect! Gotta love a good load of potato bread!

  4. Joan,
    You’ve rekindled my potato bread making addiction. The bread looks delish.

  5. And now I will be making Potato Bread! You know how much I love your bread recipes 🙂

  6. Potato bread is one of my favorite things ever! I’ve never made it with potato flakes, but I love that! Then, I can make it whenever I want and don’t have to wait until I have leftover mashed potatoes. Thanks for sharing this, Joan!!

  7. Though I am yeast phobic, I baked this bread because I couldn’t resist. IT WORKED! My family enjoyed lovely soft sandwich bread all week. Thank you for the recipe! Now that I have a box of potato flakes to use up, and a family asking for more, I know I will be making this bread often! 🙂

  8. Julie Vozobule says:

    Joan, all I have is AP Flour. Can I use it instead of bread flour? I love your recipes.

  9. I’m very happy to see this recipe. I had a recipe years ago for a “Potato Whole Wheat Bread” recipe, that I have lost somehow in my move from CA to NY. It called for instant mashed potatoes, and powdered milk. I think I can adapt this recipe to make it. The recipe was in an old Fleishmann’s paperback cook book that a friend gave me. It made 2 loaves of bread, 2 dozen rolls, or 1 of each. I made the rolls in a 9″ cake pan.

  10. This bread looks delicious. can it be baked in bread machine.

    • I don’t have a bread machine but if yours can hold about 4-5 cups of ingredients then you can certainly make the dough in the bread machine.

  11. Hi Joan, thank you for the recipe. Definitely will be my next project, but seems like I can’t find potato flakes in my country (I live in Indonesia) Is it possible to substitute potato flakes with potato flour? or is there any other ingredient that can substitute potato flakes? Many thanks! 😀

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