Potato Bread

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Use leftover mashed potatoes to make soft, fluffy, white homemade potato bread. This bread is delicious as a sliceable sandwich bread.

Table of Contents
  1. About this Potato Bread Recipe
  2. Potato Bread Ingredients
  3. How to Make Potato Bread
  4. A trick for making bread dough rise faster.
  5. Serving Suggestions
  6. Potato Bread Recipe
  7. Our Favorite Yeast Bread Recipes

Several times a week for lessons, meetings and appointments, we head “into the city”. Now this city isn’t a big city as some of you I’m sure are used to, but for this country girl, some one-way streets, tall buildings and local shops make up “the city”.

Every time we drive into the city we pass by a bread bakery. Sometimes this is an unnoticeable thing, but when they are actively baking bread, everyone in the car swoons over the aroma. And if the dogs happen to be in the car with us? You can bet they get woken up instantly at that delicious fresh-bread smell.

sliced loaf of white bread

It never fails then, that several times a week I am craving homemade bread. Too many times we’ve come home from dance class and within 5 minutes I’m scouring my grandma’s old cookbooks for a new bread recipe to try. That’s how I stumbled up on this potato bread recipe.

About this Potato Bread Recipe

  • Flavor: This bread tastes like a traditional white bread. It doesn’t have a strong flavor of potatoes, so don’t worry. The potatoes are mostly there for the texture.
  • Texture: This bread is soft and fluffy. The mashed potatoes help keep it sturdy, yet soft.
half of a loaf of potato bread

Bread with Mashed Potatoes? Really?

Yes. Really. Although I’m not 100% sure of the science behind it, from what I read and also what I’ve experienced, potatoes tend to make breads rise a little fluffier and softer…and have a great texture. That’s definitely the case with this recipe.

Potato Bread Ingredients

This recipe is a fairly standard bread recipe: milk, sugar, egg, salt, butter, yeast, flour…and of course mashed potatoes.

  • I like to use bread flour in this recipe. It just makes the bread a little sturdier and gives it a bit of a chewy texture. If you’re looking for the ultimate in softness, stick with all-purpose flour.
  • And for mashed potatoes, I’ve used straight up mashed potatoes, and also mashed potatoes that had butter and milk added. Both worked. I’ve not ever tried instant potatoes. Although I’m sure it would work. The best potatoes for mashed potatoes are Russet potatoes.
  • Oh…and our favorite yeast? Red Star Platinum Instant Yeast. It works perfectly and has never let me down. If you’ve never worked with yeast, read our guide to baking with yeast.
a golden brown loaf of potato bread

How to Make Potato Bread

Just as with our cinnamon rolls, buttery soft rolls and buttermilk bread, I like to mix bread in the stand mixer (or when I’m really lazy, the bread machine). Do you need a stand mixer to make this bread? No. You can just as easily mix the ingredients by hand, then knead by hand for 6-8 minutes on a floured surface.

If you’re kneading the bread by hand, I always warn not to add too much flour. The dough should be slightly sticky so that the bread does not turn out dry.

A trick for making bread dough rise faster.

Many people want to know how to make dough rise faster.

Turn the oven to the lowest temperature and allow it to heat for 2 minutes. Then turn the oven off and place the covered bowl with the dough inside on the oven rack and close the door. Allow the dough to rise in the warm oven. Just be sure you turn off the oven so the dough doesn’t bake!

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy this homemade potato bread…it’s one of the best bread recipes. Here are a few of our favorite ways to serve it:

potato bread on a cutting board
potato bread on a cutting board

Potato Bread

4.71 from 68 votes
Use leftover mashed potatoes to make soft, fluffy, white homemade potato bread! This bread is delicious as a sliceable sandwich bread.
Servings 20
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rise Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup 2% milk warmed
  • 1 package Red Star Plantinum instant yeast (or active dry yeast)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted
  • 4 cups bread flour


  • Pour the warm water and milk (about 110-115 degrees F) into the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the liquids.
  • Add the sugar, egg, salt, potatoes, butter and flour.
  • Use the paddle attachment to mix the ingredients just until combined.
  • Then switch to the dough hook and beat on medium-high speed for 5-7 minutes. The dough should be slightly sticky. 
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place the kneaded dough ball into the greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel.
  • Set the bowl in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size (about 30 minutes).
  • Divide the dough in two and shape into two loaves.
  • Place the dough into two greased 9×5 loaf pans.
  • Cover the pans and put them in a warm place, allowing the dough to rise again until almost double (about 25 minutes).
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake the bread (uncovered) for 30-35 minutes or until the tops are dry and firm, with a golden brown color.
  • Remove the bread from the pans and allow them to cool on a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • *Calories are based on two loaves, each being cut into 10 slices. 1 slice per serving.



To make mashed potatoes, peel about 2 Russet potatoes, then cut them into chunks. Boil them in a small saucepan until they are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain off any water. Mash the potatoes and allow them to cool before adding to the recipe.
I have not tried this bread with gluten-free flours.
Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the bread being cut into 10 pieces each, with 1 serving being 1 bread. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Calories 135
Keyword homemade bread, how to make bread, potato bread recipe, white bread

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2 years ago

5 stars
Wonderful recipe! I made this with instant mashed and it was great. Best slicing bread I ever made.💕

2 years ago

I always make my mashed potatoes rustic, with skin on. I wonder if that would make the bread too weird?

2 years ago

This bread dough seemed very loose and sticky. I added almost another cup of flour. Turned out great!

C. LeBlanc
2 years ago

I am gluten free, can I use gluten free flour?

Maderi Mynhardt
2 years ago

Hi! Could this bread be made using your Amish friendship bread starter instead of the yeast? Have you done it before?

Thanks !

2 years ago

Hi, just to clarify…how much yeast to use? It says 1 package but just wondering how much is that. Thanks!

2 years ago

5 stars
This recipe is perfect! So soft on the inside, and what a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.
If you aren’t sure about whether to try this recipe or not, let me assure you it’s worth trying!

Kim Brothers
2 years ago

I’ve been trying to make good, soft regular sandwich bread for a while now. This is by far the best of the bunch. I used leftover instant mashed potatoes that had butter and sour cream in them. I used my bread machine to do the mixing and then let in knead in there for maybe 6-8 minutes. Turned in out to a floured board and rolled it around a bit to get it nice and smooth, less than a minute. Formed it and put it into two buttered loaf pans and baked for 32 minutes. Brushed with butter while hot… Read more »

judith judge
2 years ago

5 stars
can i use instant mashed potatoes

Kim Cox
2 years ago

My grandmother who would be 116 made potato bread every holiday.
I’ve carried on and have made it every year since I’ve been in my 30’s.
I’m surprised some of my family members don’t realize it’s Grandmother’s recipe.
They can’t get enough of the bread or dinner rolls I make out of the dough.
It also makes great cinnamon rolls.

1 year ago

Can I bake only one of the loaves and refrigerate the other one to be baked two days later? Do I forgo the second rise on the one that I will refrigerate, so that the second rise happens after I take out of the refrigerator on the day I bake?

Last edited 1 year ago by Amanda
1 year ago

Does this recipe call for unsalted or salted butter?

1 year ago

I used my bread machine to mix this and go through a couple of the three rises and then took it out and pinched into golf ball size rolls let them rise in the oven,. Best rolls ever

1 year ago

4 stars
Yum! Made this with alterations. I had some sour dough starter that needed used as well as left over mashed potatoes. Omitted the milk and added an extra 1/4 cup water and a half cup less flour. (1 1/2 cups starter). It was great! Can’t say much for the rise and bake time though, baked in an airfry oven, and my starter was not fed as well as it should have been so took most the day to rise. But the end result was good, will be making again.

Bill Meyer
1 year ago

Can I use the same amount of dried yeast instead of instant yeast?