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Hearty Potato Bread

Hearty Potato Bread

Before my family and I switched to a ‘clean’ diet, one of my favorite places to go for lunch was Panera Bread.  I would get a bowl of soup with a side of crusty bread and a salad.  Perfect lunch!  While it’s been years since I’ve been to a Panera, I haven’t given up my perfect lunch.  The past few weeks I’ve been enjoying a bowl of Creamy Potato Onion Soup and a Caesar Salad for lunch.  A bowl of soup just isn’t complete without a slice of delicious, homemade bread.  This turned out to be one of the best loaves of bread I’ve ever made.  The recipe makes 2 large loaves yet we barely had any leftovers.  The perfect ending to a perfect lunch.  YUM!



  • 2 cups lukewarm water, divided
  • 1 tsp raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes (any type of white potato will work)
  • 2 1/2 cups spelt flour + a little extra for dusting your work surface
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3 1/2 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Gold Oil or olive oil


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the water and the honey. Once the honey is completely dissolved sprinkle the yeast on top and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Add in the remaining water and the rest of the ingredients except the oil.  Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured work surface.  Gently knead the dough for about 6-7 minutes.  You shouldn’t need to add any additional flour – the dough will be slightly sticky but shouldn’t stick to the surface.
  4. Shape your dough into a ball and set aside.
  5. Add the oil to your large bowl and give it a swirl to gently coat the bowl.Place your dough ball into the bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel
  6. Place your dough ball into the bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel.  Set the bowl some place warm and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
  7. Prepare a large baking sheet with nonstick foil or a nonstick baking sheet such as a silpat.

    Carefully shape into 2 loaves

    Carefully shape into 2 loaves

  8. Transfer the dough back to your prepared baking sheet (no flour needed) and carefully shape into 2 loaves as pictured.
  9. Cover again with your damp kitchen towel and let the dough rise for another 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  11. Remove the kitchen towel and place the baking sheet in the oven for 22-25 minutes.  If you have a spray bottle filled with water it’s helpful to spray a couple of squirts directly into the oven to help give the bread a crusty finish.
  12. Remove the finished bread from the oven and let cool on a baking rack before slicing.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 2 loaves about 6 inches wide by 16 inches long.

Serving size one 1 inch piece.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 82, Cal. from Fat: 8, Total Fat: .5g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 16g, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugars: 0g, Protein: 2.5g, Sodium: 1mg, Chol: 0mg


Leftover bread can be stored for up to 24 hours at room temperature.  After 24 hours place the remaining leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.  You can also freeze leftovers for up to 6 months.

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