Tender Potato Rolls

Tender Potato Bread

I started to think that joining the Daring Bakers during high baking season wasn’t a good idea after all. You know, that whole spit-into-the-wind, tug-on-Superman’s-cape thing. Then the announcement came. Bread? Could the Baking Gods be that pleased?

::Bowing reverently towards my oven::

My first challenge as a new member of the Daring Bakers would be bread. Homemade bread. Just in time for Thanksgiving. Tanna, dear – you are a genius :)

My Kitchen in Half Cups is hosting this month’s Daring Baker Challenge: Tender Potato Bread. It was very difficult not to run into the kitchen and bake the potato bread on the day the recipe was announced to the group. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that difficult – I didn’t have any potatoes. But still, I held off ’til the Tuesday before Thanksgiving so I could kill two loaves with one stone.

We had free reign over the flavoring of the bread (as long as it was savory) and the shape of the bread. Since there seems to be an unwritten rule that all breads served at Thanksgiving must be round, I opted to make rolls. Everything else was to be done by the book and by hand. This meant I wasn’t allowed to sit at the island and do my Christmas shopping online while my KitchenAid did all the work – I had to get my hands dirty. An odd admission by someone who loves to cook and bake: I hate to get my hands dirty. We were warned that the dough would be sticky – that was an understatement!

A pictorial in making Tender Potato Bread rolls, using my fancy-schmancy new camera:

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I flavored half of the batch with a generous mound of fresh cracked pepper and Pecorino-Romano and left the other half “plain.” I let the dough complete two rises and then I wrapped the rolls with lightly-oiled plastic wrap and popped the trays into the freezer. Two hours before I was ready to bake the rolls, I pulled them out of the freezer and let them sit on the counter. After a quick brush with some melted butter (another Thanksgiving requirement), the rolls went into the oven ’til golden brown. The recipe yielded nice, moist and tender rolls.

For the recipe, visit My Kitchen in Half Cups. And don’t forget to check out the other Daring Bakers’ version of Tender Potato Bread!

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  • Wonderful looking rolls.
    I hate getting my hands dirty too…I am constantly washing them when I am baking…I think I have OCD :)

  • Beautiful job Shawnda!! The rolls look amazing and I am sure they were a treat for Thanksgiving!

  • that fancy camera is serving you well–your photos are beautiful. i could pluck one of those cute little rolls right of the screen!

  • Your rolls look fantastic! I am sure everyone was most impressed! I sorta made rolls too, only they were really scrolls with cheese and dijon mustard inside. It is a nice dough though, don’t you think?

  • I’ve been looking forward to seeing how your adventure with potato bread went all month Shawnda. Welcome and congratulations. I’m glad you decided to get your hands dirty. :)

  • Your rolls look amazing Shawnda, wonderful pictures!! Congratulations on completing your first DB challenge. This was my first also.

  • Your rolls look beautiful! Congrats on your first challenge!

  • Amazing looking rolls and such lovely photos! Congrats on a gorgeous first challenge!

  • great job on your challenge! I love the photos of showing the shaping of the buns. Same way I do it!! Welcome aboard the Daring Bakers!!

  • Your pictures are wonderful as well as your bread!

  • Your rolls look heavenly. Great photos too.

  • Wow, your rolls are so professional looking. It looks like you’ve got the magic touch with bread!

  • Your rolls look perfect! And all your photos are beautiful. I love the progression shots. Job very well done! xo

  • Maryann

    Shawnda,
    Great first challenge! Congrats! You did a great job on the photos and that one with the buttered roll looks scrumptious :) Nice blog, BTW.

  • I love potato bread and the rolls look great!

  • Congrats on completing the first challenge. This is my first challenge too. Love your step by step photos.

  • Deborah

    What perfect looking rolls!!

  • Shawnda, your rolls are fantastic, great photo essay and beautifully written. I’m delighted you wanted bread for Thanksgiving also! Congratulations.

  • Your little rolls look so cute ! Can you put some in a small parcel and send it to Paris ? Thanks !

  • Bev

    they are the most perfect looking rolls I have ever seen! fab!

  • Oooh, your rolls are beautiful!

  • Your rolls are so cute! And your dough looks quite manageable – you should have seen mine!

  • Excellent-really great looking rolls! Your flavoring sound delish too!
    xoxo

  • Nice photos – your camera is serving you well :-)

    Those rolls are fantastic, aren’t they?

  • I must say, I’m quite jealous- Those buns look absolutely perfect! Great pictures, too. :)

  • Wow! Thanks for the picture of how you formed your rolls. They are perfect!

  • Fabulous looking rolls – you have truly conquered your first challenge. Your hands look *so much* cleaner than mine post-kneading the dough, though!

  • Everyone must have been thrilled having homemade rolls at Thanksgiving! They look beautiful!

  • I love your post and your rolls are so cute!

  • Putting pepper and cheese on rolls is genius!

  • Cracked pepper and Pecorino-Romano sounds fantastic. The rolls area beautiful!

  • Let me just say that I adore your blog!

    I ♥ your tender potato bread – they look *beautiful*.

    Julius from Occasional Baker

  • I love the pepper and cheese combo and it’s good to hear that the dough freezes well for future use. I was too chicken to try that ! Your photos look incredible too – nice camera !

  • Yum I wish I could try those rolls! Such a good idea to mix cheese in like that. Excellent job on your first challenge! :)

  • OH MAN! I LOVE PECORINO! Yummy!!! It adds so much flavor to breads. By the way I love how crusty your rolls look.

  • Your potato bread rolls look amazing. I like the sound of the Pecorino-Romano flavoured ones.

  • brilynn

    Beautiful photos! The rolls look perfect!

  • Great looking bread! I love all the photos, for me they are a step by step process. I have book marked them for future bread use. Thanks so much!

  • With rolls like these…you look like a seasoned DBer. Well done, Shawnda!

  • It’s not just the fancy camera…it’s the talent behind the lens. I love your photos, especially the last one. That darn dough WAS sticky, but it made great rolls and yours look fantastic!

  • Your dough is so smooth and tender. Great job. I think the rolls are just great

  • Anne

    the rolls looks so cute…they’re too beautiful to eat :) your photos are really great!

  • Your rolls look so cute and yummy! =)

  • Your rolls look gorgeous! Great job!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • I like the pictures and the result! You are a daring baker!

  • Mmm … rolls! I’m chewing on one as I type :)

    I love that last pic.

  • Those rolls look beautiful and flaky! What a wonderful job you did! Great story telling too!

  • Congrats on your first challenge! Your pictures are very nice and the rolls look amazing. Look forward to reading more in your blog!

  • Getting hands dirty is really bad!!! but sometimes is what it takes to have a great bread!!!

  • veron

    love the pictures – so that’s how you shape rolls. Mine came out flat. Your rolls look fantastic!

  • Ohhh! Those look so yummy!!

  • Iisha

    You look like a pro handling that sticky bread. Great job.

    Iisha of http://thefablifeofi2daj.blogspot.com/

  • Congratulations on completing your first challenge.

    I love the new header also.

  • Lovely rolls. They sound tasty!!!

  • Your rolls look wonderful! And your photos are fabulous! :)

  • Fancy schmancy camera indeed! Makes me want to curl into the fetal position with my point and click… Great job on the beautiful bread.

  • Mmmmmm. Cracked pepper. Mine was a first time challenge too. You did great!

  • I can’t tell you how absolutely perfect and adorable those rolls are. Gawd… they are just beautimus!!! Great job and a big welcome to the Daring Bakers :)

  • Hooo-whee–you get the award for most shape-able dough! Your rolls are lovely!

    I’d tug on Superman’s cape. That guy’s a looker!

  • Wonderful rolls, and I love your photography. This is the first chance I’ve had to visit your blog, and I’ll be back!

  • REALLY nice! I love your pictures!

  • The rolls look divine! Well done on your first challenge! Welcome to Daring Bakers!

  • Lovely pics. And the rolls look delectable!

  • Wonderful job on your first challenge! I really like the pictures of you forming the rolls. In fact, all your pictures are amazing!

    Welcome to the DBers!

    Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

  • Your rolls looks fantastic! Definitely the perfect addition to any holiday feast.
    Congratulations on another project excellently executed.

  • I’m so glad you joined us, since I have always been a fan of your site. Well done. Welcome to the group.

  • Shawnda,

    Those rolls are gorgeous! And I love your post … very funny and well-written!

  • Congratulations! You sure do know your way around bread dough! Those rolls are simply wonderful!

  • The rolls look beautiful!!!

  • Your rolls look so beautiful, and I bet those pepper and Pecorino-Romano rolls were wonderful!

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