9 July 2012

Mashed Potato Breads and a Great Thing to do with Cheese & Tomatoes!


~  Menu  ~

Boursin topped with Hot Roasted Tomatoes
Mashed Potato Flatbread!
Glass of Red
Amaretti Stuffed Baked Peach with Clotted Cream
Black Coffee

Yesterday I inadvertently made some really good bread out of leftover mashed potato.  The actual making of the dough was completely advertent (ha!) but then something happened, can’t remember what, and I didn’t have time to raise and bake it so put it in the fridge. Later I found it I there (quelle surprise!) and made flatbread as intended and also a small loaf as not intended.


The whole thing arose (no pun intended) due to the fact that I always cook too much potato and was fed up with frying the bloody stuff. When I eventually got round to making the flatbread I gave it a second rise in the warm alongside the remains of the dough in a loaf “tin” then dimpled it with my fingers, brushed it with olive oil and sprinkled with crunchy sea salt.

Mashed Potato Bread

approx 140g leftover mashed potato at room temperature
300ml warm water
1 sachet easy yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
about 300-400g flour – I used normal plan flour and it worked perfectly
1 tsp or so salt – this does depend on how salty the potatoes are

~   Sprinkle the dried yeast onto the warm water and wait a few minutes to prove (ie. start to bubble which proves that the yeast is live)
~   Stir the yeasty water into the mashed potato and then mix in enough flour, together with the salt and olive oil, to make a soft sticky (but not too sticky to work with) dough.
~   Knead (I put mine in my Kenwood mixer but by hand can be very therapeutic!) till smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour as necessary.
~   Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth and put in a warm place till risen to twice its size (or in the fridge till you remember it which can be up to 24 hours later).
~   Knock down the dough and give a quick seeing too in the kneading department.
~   Form into whatever loaves you wish – I did a flattened half of the dough onto a baking tray and the put the rest into a greased silicone bread “tin".
~   Put in a warm place till risen again which takes about 30-40 minutes.
~   Meanwhile preheat the oven to 425ºF/220ºC/200ºC fan/gas 7.
~   When the dough is risen do with it what you will in the way of oiling, flouring, seasoning, decorating etc. and bake for about 25-30 minutes till risen and golden and the bottom sounds hollow if you rap it with your knuckles. The flatbread will cook faster than a loaf.
~   Cool on a rack or eat immediately.



I was very surprised at how good this was - the long slow rise produced a great depth of flavour (as, maybe, did the cream and butter in the original mash) but for a few minutes I couldn’t think what to eat with it!  I had to be quick before I finished off the flatbread on its own so I roasted a few tomatoes (the oven was still hot) and poured them over a small amount of Boursin.  This was something I used to do with Mozzarella when I worked at the Tamarind Club in Tortola.  I added the following to the dish description which I think helped it sell:

“WARNING ~ the tomatoes may burst all sweet and juicy in your mouth and make you dribble

For lunch pudding I had Amaretti Stuffed Baked Peach for three reasons …

1.   I had both a peach and some Amaretti,

2    I also had a hypothesis,
3.   I fancied it.

My hypotheses was that whilst there are many complicated and undeniably delicious sounding recipes for this dish using dessert wine and toasted almonds et al, that a perfectly acceptable, to say the least, Amaretti stuffed peach could be achieved quite simply.


Simple Amaretti Stuffed Peach(es)

Ripe peaches
Amaretti
Sugar
Butter


~   Preheat the oven to 375ºF/190ºC/170ºC fan/gas 5 ish.
~   Halve the fruit and remove stones.
~   Put the peaches in a shallow buttered ovenproof dish.
~   Crumble Amaretti fairly finely and sprinkle over the peaches making sure to fill the holes left by the stones.
~   Sprinkle with a little sugar and dot with butter.
~   Bake till the peach is tender and the topping crisp, 25 to 30 minutes, and eat with clotted cream if you possibly can or, if not, with ice cream or cream.


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5 comments:

Dina said...

i wouldn't think to make mashed potato bread, but it sounds great!

dinah langley said...

Hi Suzy how much yeast is in a sachet? I buy a bigger container of yeast and love to give this a go as like you I always make too much mash Dinah

Anonymous said...

Hey Dinah! Good question 7g in my sachets which is a quarter of an ounce or half a tablespoon.

Hope you like it. x

Angela Entwistle said...

Your potato bread sounds amazing, it's amazing how well they work in baked goods. I shall certainly have to have a go at your recipe. Your dessert looks fantastic too, we tried griddled peaches for the first time last year and the flavour of them when warm was amazing! #FoodYearLinkup
Angela x
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Charlotte Oates said...

I always make far too much mash too so I'll keep this in mind for next time I have leftovers.