Today´s recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie group are Rustic Potato Loaves. The recipe for this fabulous bread was contributed by baker Leslie Mackie.
The ingredients for these loaves are plain flour (I substituted part of the plain flour with whole wheat flour), and cooked russet potatoes (I made the dough sans potato skins)...
…as well as active dry yeast, a bit of extra-virgin olive oil, some salt and a bit of reserved potato water.
I took the liberty of shaping the bread a bit differently, not a long loaf but rather a chunky, round loaf this time.The whole wheat flour made the dough darker than it was in the picture of the original recipe but we liked it that way and since I bought so much flour at the artisinal flour mill a few weeks ago, I felt that I should use a mix of their wonderful flours instead of going for all purpose white flour as stated in the recipe.
I use cooked, mashed or riced potatoes in many of my recipes, for cakes as well as breads and focaccias - I even did a small blog series on that in February and March of this year featuring a Potato-Lemon Cake (with mashed potatoes), a Potato-Raisin Gugelhupf and a Potato Crumb Cake (both with riced potatoes). I am always amazed at how wonderful everything turns out - just like this fantastic bread - it has a nice, moist crumb and a delicious and rather photogenic, rustic crust. Just right!
Since we are still in the middle of the two-week, no-school Easter vacation around here, we took the kids on a day trip to the wonderful Town of Monschau or Montjoie (since the town is located in an area of Europe where Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg meet, it was also given a French name). The town itself is located in the west of Germany, in the district of Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle), North Rhine-Westphalia.
The historic town center where vehicles are generally prohibited on town streets, has many preserved half-timbered houses, gray slate bridges, a mustard mill and flower-decked market square and its narrow streets have remained nearly unchanged for about 300 years, making the town a very popular tourist attraction nowadays. Historically the main industry of the town were cloth-mills.
On the heights above the city is Monschau Castle or Le château de Montjoie, which dates back to the 13th century - the first mention of Monschau was made in 1198. There is actually a Youth Hostel located in the castle itself and its grey stones makes the perfect backdrop for the summer concerts and operas held here.
Guests at the castle feel transported back to the times of the knights and great lords and during their stay and enjoy a rather unique view on the idyllic old town of Monschau with its many winding medieval alleys.
Part of our picnic in Monschau today was one of these wonderful Rustic Potato Loaves, we really enjoyed this bread - and while it was just perfect for a lunch outdoors, it is certainly a versatile bread to be enjoyed as sandwich bread or even toasted the next day.
To see how the other Doristas fared with this recipe, please do click here.
The recipe can be found at Dawn´s blog - Simply Sweet - "Thank you for hosting today´s recipe, Dawn"!
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Town of Monschau
Youth Hostel located in Monschau Castle