Friday, 28 August 2015

Humble Potato

 Best tips for Mash Potatoes

For light, fluffy mashed potatoes stick with using starchy potatoes. A ‘All rounder’ Potato that also fries, boils, roasts, mash is a good choice to keep in the kitchen as they are more versatile) Types include Golden Delight, Dutch Cream, or Sebago.
Add seasoning to the water at the start of cooking potatoes.
Start with cold water about an inch above the potatoes and place the pot on the stove and begin cooking, bring the water to a rolling boil. Test the potatoes with a fork if soft, they are done.
Butter and milk added to potatoes should be at least room temperature.
Try not to over work the potatoes, which will make the mash, gummy and unappetizing.

Mash Potatoes Recipe

Peel Potatoes
Cut into even chunks
Add salt and pepper to water
Bring to boil and boil until the potatoes are soft (test with a fork. If they fall away from the fork they are done)

Strain the water from the potatoes and place the potatoes in a bowl. Add butter, and a dash of milk, salt and pepper to taste and mash with a masher until light and fluffy.
Left over mash potatoes can be used in the following:

Bubble n Squeak
On top of shepherd’s pie
Potato patties 

Potato Bread Recipe

1 cup mashed potatoes
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon sugar (or honey)
1 tablespoon yeast
¼ cup water
4 cups of flour (bread flour)

Mix mashed potatoes, milk, butter, sugar, yeast, and water. And mix until ingredients are well combined.
Slowly add in the flour until it forms a dough.
Place dough in lightly butted bowl. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes until double in size.
Punch dough down and flatten into rough rectangle. Fold the top over the middle and then fold the bottom up. Fold the ends in.
Flip the dough over and shape into a loaf. Place into buttered 9x5 loaf pan and press down the edges.
Cover loaf pan and let rise for a second time of 30. Preheat oven to 175 -200 C

Bake loaf for 35-40 minutes until brown on top and sounds hollow when thumped.

Baby Potato plants. Growing in our back yard.
 I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are


  1. ooooh - bubble and squeak. The ultimate frugal comfort food. We love mash with chopped up leeks folded into it and plenty of butter. We also like to bake the potatoes, scoop out the inside, mash it up and then put back in the jacket mashed with butter and paprika

  2. I have never made potato bread, Shiralee. It sounds like good winter comfort food.