Make-Ahead Potato Bread Dough

Make-Ahead Potato Bread Dough

Enjoy this tasty potato bread dough that can be made ahead of time!

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package regular active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 1/2
cups warm water (105ºF to 115ºF)
cup lukewarm unseasoned mashed potatoes
cup sugar
cup butter, softened
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
to 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. (If you've just cooked the potatoes, use 1 1/2 cups of warm potato water.) Stir in potatoes, sugar, butter, salt, eggs and 3 cups of the flour. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
  2. Place dough on lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat. Knead about 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. Grease large bowl with shortening or spray with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 5 days.
  3. Gently push fist into dough to deflate. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces for loaves or 4 equal pieces for rolls. Shape and bake as directed below.
Makes 2 loaves (16 slices each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Bread Loaves: Grease bottom and sides of 9x5-inch loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray. On lightly floured surface, roll half of dough into 18x9-inch rectangle. Roll up dough, beginning at 9-inch side. Press with thumbs to seal after each turn. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Pinch each end of roll to seal. Fold ends under loaf. Place loaf, seam side down, in pan. Brush with softened butter. Cover and let rise in warm place about 2 hours or until dough has doubled in size. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.) Heat oven to 375°F. Place pan on low oven rack so top of pan is in center of oven. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until loaf is deep golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan to wire rack. Brush with softened butter; cool. Makes 1 loaf (16 slices).
Cloverleaf Rolls: Grease bottoms and sides of 8 to 10 regular-size muffin cups with shortening or cooking spray. Shape one-fourth of dough into 2-inch balls. Place 1 ball in each muffin cup. With kitchen scissors, snip each ball completely in half, then into fourths. Brush with softened butter. Cover and let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. Heat oven to 400ºF. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 8 to 10 rolls.
Why it Works: Rising with Potatoes Adding mashed potatoes to yeast dough may seem unusual, but it does more than add flavor. Cooked potatoes are made up of mostly starch. This starch readily converts to sugar in the dough, which is hungrily eaten by the yeast. With this “jump start,” the yeast alters the flavor of the bread. In addition, the extra potato starch in the bread holds moisture longer than bread made without potatoes. Bread made with mashed potatoes, then, last longer before going stale.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Slice)
  • Calories 160
    • (Calories from Fat 45),
  • Total Fat 5g
    • (Saturated Fat 2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 25mg;
  • Sodium 150mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 26g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 4g),
  • Protein 3g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.