homemade potato bread, fresh out of the oven and sliced

Homemade Potato Bread Recipe

This homemade potato bread recipe makes a pillowy soft loaf that's perfect for slicing. It stays soft and fresh for days; make a loaf or two over the weekend and you'll have fresh sandwich bread all week. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade potato bread, how to bake bread
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 117 kcal
Author Shannon Stonger


  • 1 medium starchy potato
  • 1/2 cup reserved potato water
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3.5 cups bread flour plus more for kneading


  1. Peel and chop potato and place in a small saucepan. Cover with water and boil potato until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool until warm before proceeding with recipe.
    peeled potato on a blue and white towel
  2. Once potato is cooled down, remove it from the pan of boiling water and mash, reserving cooking water. Mash potatoes until smooth and then measure one cup of that mash.

    mashed potatoes in a white and blue bowl
  3. Place in a large mixing bowl along with 1/2 cup of the reserved potato water, sugar, and 3/4 cup warm water. Mix together until uniform and then sprinkle on the active dry yeast. Stir to combine and allow to proof for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles begin to form.

    potato mixture to make potato bread
  4. Stir in the salt and then the flour, starting with three cups. Stir with a wooden or metal spoon until the dough comes together into a shaggy mass, as in the photo. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for 5-10 minutes, adding flour as needed to keep it from sticking, until the dough is soft and the gluten developed.
    potato bread recipe in process: shaggy dough
  5. Place back in the mixing bowl and cover. Allow to rise for about 1-1.25 hours, until doubled in volume.
    potato bread recipe ready to rise
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x5" bread pan and punch down the dough. Flatten the dough on a lightly floured work surface, creating a rectangle. Fold the dough onto itself like an envelope to create a loaf shape.
  7. Gently move the dough to the prepared bread pan and dust with flour. Cover with a towel and leave to rise an additional 30-35 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Transfer bread to the oven and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. You can find out if the bread is fully baked by turning it out of its pan and thumping the bottom of the loaf. If it sounds hollow, it is done.
    potato bread recipe in a glass loaf pan, rising
  8. Transfer the bread to a cooling rack and leave to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.
    homemade potato bread, fresh out of the oven and sliced

Recipe Notes

If you have leftover baked or boiled potatoes, you may use those in place of the freshly boiled potato.