This potato bread flavored with Pecorino and rosemary is a delicious homemade bread recipe, perfect served warm with butter.
This potato bread recipe has been one of my all-time favorites I have ever developed for the longest time. Bread is pretty much always my favorite thing to eat but when you’ve baked a loaf yourself and get to eat a slice warm with butter. Oh man. There’s just nothing like it. I love how simple this bread is but it always impresses the socks off of people. The rosemary and Pecorino cheese flavor the bread and makes it intensely savory while the potato ensures a crusty loaf with a soft, fluffy interior.
This loaf is great for sandwiches, perfect with soups and stews and will make such a lovely addition to any pot luck dinner.
How to make potato bread
- Peel and roughly chop two medium potatoes. Cook in a pot of salted water with a few sprigs of rosemary until the potatoes are soft. Drain then reserve 2 cups of cooking water. Allow to cool then mash the potatoes.
- Whisk the yeast into the cooled cooking water and add the sugar. Allow to stand for 5 minutes until frothy.
- Combine the bread flour (using bread flour will allow more gluten to form), salt, mashed potatoes and pecorino in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
- Add the yeast mixture, olive oil and warm water to the flour and knead on medium speed until the dough starts to come away from the bowl. If the dough is too sticky or wet, add a little flour. If the dough seems too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until the dough is soft, slightly tacky and pulling away from the side of the bowl.
- Allow to knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth. Transfer to a large greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise for at least 1 hour in a warm spot or overnight in the fridge.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and form into a ball. Place the dough onto a sheet of parchment paper then place the parchment paper and dough into an oven-safe pot. Make a few cuts into the top of the dough and push whole sprigs of rosemary into the cuts. This is optional but looks beautiful.
- Place the bread in a preheated oven and allow to bake for 30-45 minutes or until the potato bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before slicing and serving.
Freezing and making ahead
- Freezing: Make the dough and place in a freezer bag then freeze for up to 3 months. Allow the dough to thaw completely then place in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for an hour before proceeding with the baking instructions.
- Making ahead: The dough can be made up to a day in advance and kept covered in the fridge. The baked potato bread will last for 1-2 days if kept covered on the counter.
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Rosemary Pecorino Potato Bread
- 2 medium potatoes
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (plus extra for decorating the loaf)
- 10 g (2 tsp) instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 5 cups flour
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup finely grated Pecorino
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 cups warm water
- Peel and chop the potatoes. Place in a pot with the rosemary and season with salt. Add water to just cover the potatoes then bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are soft then reserve 2 cups of cooking water and drain. Mash the potatoes and allow to cool.
- Combine the cooled potato water, sugar and yeast and allow to stand until frothy.
- Combine the flour, salt and Pecorino in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
- Pour the yeast mixture, mashed potato and olive oil into the bowl and start kneading. Add 1 cup of warm water and allow to knead until the dough starts to come away from the sides of the bowl. Continue kneading on medium speed for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth. If the dough is very sticky, add a few tablespoons of flour, one at a time, until the dough is smooth and soft.
- Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Place in a warm spot and allow to rise for 45 mins - 1 hour.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
- After an hour, punch down the dough down then form into a ball. Transfer to a sheet of parchment paper and place in an oven-proof pot. Allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
- Place in the oven and allow to bake for 30-45 minutes until the loaf is golden brown, crusty and sounds hollow when tapped at the bottom.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing and serving.