Potato Bread Focaccia with Cheese

Potato Bread Focaccia with Cheese


This months Daring Bakers challenge was a savoury potato bread. I liked the sound of making a bread with potatoes. Potato bread sounded like it would be a bit heavier than normal bread and really moist. Of course I left it to the last minute... (I really need to start the next challenge sooner.) I cut the recipe into half of its original size and made sure that I had enough ingredients to make two batches in case the first one didn't work out too well. The challenge was to make the potato bread and it was left to us to decide what to do with the bread. You could use the potato bread dough to make a loaf, buns, etc. I decided to go with the suggested focaccia bread. A focaccia is a flat bread with optional toppings baked on. I decided to go with a cheese topping. You really can't go wrong with golden brown cheese baked on bread.

Making your own bread from scratch is surprisingly easy. It takes a bit of effort and it requires a bit of time but over all it is not too difficult. Everything went well and the focaccia turned out great the first time. I really enjoyed the aroma of the bread baking in my apartment. I started to eat the bread as soon as it was cool enough to do so. It was really good! It is hard to beat fresh, still warm from the oven bread! It was nice and moist; soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. I finished the entire focaccia over the course of the day!

Ingredients:
2 potatoes (peeled and cubed)
4 cups water
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon yeast
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated)

Directions:
1. Boil the potatoes in the water and salt until tender.
2. Drain the potatoes, reserving the water.
3. Mash the potatoes in a large bowl.
4. Mix in 1 1/2 cups of the potato water and let cool until luke warm.
5. Mix in the yeast and let sit for 5 minutes.
6. Mix in 2 cups of flour and let sit for 5 minutes.
7. Mix in the whole wheat flour, butter and salt.
8. Dump onto a well floured surface and knead for 10 minutes adding flour as needed. When the dough is soft and not too sticky it is ready.
9. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover with plastic and let sit for 2 hours. The dough should rise to double its size.
10. Knock the dough down.
11. Knead the dough for a few minutes.
12. Form the dough into a flattened circle on a baking sheet and cover with plastic.
13. Let it rise for 20 minutes.
14. Remove the plastic.
15. Spread the olive oil over the top of the dough and sprinkle on the cheese.
16. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until golden brown on top, about 10-20 minutes.

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40 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Well done! It looks wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

Peter M said...

Kevin, it looks wonderful and you've encouraged to try different breads.

Mila said...

cheese and bread are just the perfect combination!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

It looks delicious, Kevin - bread and cheese together?? Where do I sign? :)

Annemarie said...

I agree - cheese improves just about anything!

Meghan said...

i just want to rip a piece off right now! this looks divine!

Deborah said...

I made 2 versions, but the foccacia was my favorite. I'm glad you found it so easy - homemade bread is the best!!

Shawnda said...

Everything is better with cheese, for sure! Great job!

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

Oh my goodness this looks awesome. The cheese was definitely a good idea!

Butta Buns said...

That looks gorgeous! Everything is that much better with cheese.

BB
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April said...

Cheese Bread....looks yummy!

CB said...

Bravo! Looks really beautiful.

breadchick said...

Great job on your challenge. I love all the crusty cheese on top of your bread!

Susan said...

Very nice. Agreed, hard to go wrong with cheese!

Peabody said...

It is hard to beat, hot fresh dough.
Great job on your challenge.

slush said...

It doesnt get better than fresh out of the oven homemade bread. Great job. The cheese bread looks fab!

Gigi said...

Great job! I agree fresh bread is wonderful.

Julius said...

I love your bread. It must have been just delicious!

Julius from Occasional Baker

Brilynn said...

I think the smell of bread baking is one of the best things in the world!

I(dot)J said...

that looks great

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow Kevin! That focaccia looks wonderful - so fluffy and I bet it was soft and delcious inside!

Maryann said...

Love the cheese on top, Kevin :)

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your bread!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Foodie Froggy said...

I am not surprised that you finished it in one day !

Jen Yu said...

mmm cheese! I used feta, but it doesn't have that same melty, gooey, yummy effect like your cheese did. That looks great. Good job, Kevin!

jen at use real butter

Bellini Valli said...

Well done Kevin!!!! You have "risen" to the challenge!!

Jenn said...

Your bread looks great. Cheese must have been a great addition!

Culinarily Obsessed said...

Great job! Your foccacia looks delish. I chose to do a foccacia too and it turned out to be my favorite.

Pam said...

Oh wow! You have completely outdone yourself this time!

Julie said...

Wow, that's some happy bread! It looks wonderful!

Tartelette said...

That is one gorgeous fluffy focaccia! Well done on the challenge Kevin! Cheese makes the world go round!

Dolores said...

Well if you needed to consume a Daring Baker project in one day, better a simple focaccia than a batch of cinnamon buns or thirty-dozen bostini! Congratulations on a successful contribution to November's challenge.

Dhanggit said...

oh my oh my, i've never seen a potato bread focaccia as lovely as this! it looks delicious..im not very good at baking but this post inspired me to try :-)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Cheese and bread Yummm!!! Nice Kevin!!

chronicler said...

Wow that looks good! Glad to be part of such a great group of bakers!

Nora B. said...

Hi Kevin,
Why didn't I think of putting cheese! That bread looks wonderfully crusty on top and I betcha it was moist inside. yumm!

marias23 said...

That's one poofy, cheesy foccacia! Now you're making me wish I had put some cheese on mine too!

Christina said...

Your focaccia looks stunning. Excellent job, Kevin!

Question: Where did you find your chestnuts? Around here they don't start selling them until December (someone told me that), but I don't know about the smaller gourmet stores.

Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

creampuff said...

MMMM ... look at that cheese crust! Beautiful!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Kevin that is an understatement: cheese on bread is good. Your bread looks beautiful. So glad you enjoyed it.

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