Tender Potato Rolls

by Shawnda on November 26, 2007

in Bread

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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{ 70 comments… read them below or add one }

1 peabody November 26, 2007 at 1:44 am

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


2 Tartelette November 26, 2007 at 1:55 am

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


3 steph November 26, 2007 at 4:12 am

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


4 Jessica November 26, 2007 at 7:09 am

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?


5 Dolores November 26, 2007 at 8:27 am

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. :)


6 Amber November 26, 2007 at 9:05 am

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


7 Nikki November 26, 2007 at 9:06 am

Your rolls look beautiful! Congrats on your first challenge!


8 cookworm November 26, 2007 at 9:56 am

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


9 breadchick November 26, 2007 at 10:01 am

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!!


10 megan November 26, 2007 at 10:02 am

Your pictures are wonderful as well as your bread!


11 courtney November 26, 2007 at 10:32 am

Your rolls look heavenly. Great photos too.


12 Butta Buns November 26, 2007 at 10:39 am

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


13 laurie November 26, 2007 at 10:41 am

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


14 Maryann November 26, 2007 at 11:03 am

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


15 rachel November 26, 2007 at 11:04 am

I love potato bread and the rolls look great!


16 Mandy November 26, 2007 at 11:10 am

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


17 Deborah November 26, 2007 at 11:31 am

What perfect looking rolls!!


18 MyKitchenInHalfCups November 26, 2007 at 11:52 am

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


19 foodie froggy November 26, 2007 at 12:15 pm

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


20 Bev November 26, 2007 at 12:22 pm

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


21 Laura Rebecca November 26, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Oooh, your rolls are beautiful!


22 Y November 26, 2007 at 1:07 pm

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


23 Gabi November 26, 2007 at 2:43 pm

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


24 Nora November 26, 2007 at 2:44 pm

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

Those rolls are fantastic, aren’t they?


25 Hannah November 26, 2007 at 2:53 pm

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


26 Carla November 26, 2007 at 2:59 pm

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


27 Annemarie November 26, 2007 at 3:00 pm

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


28 DawnsRecipes November 26, 2007 at 3:47 pm

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


29 Simona November 26, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I love your post and your rolls are so cute!


30 Lisa November 26, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Putting pepper and cheese on rolls is genius!


31 Susan November 26, 2007 at 4:23 pm

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


32 Julius November 26, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Let me just say that I adore your blog!

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

Julius from Occasional Baker


33 kitten November 26, 2007 at 5:21 pm

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 !


34 Ashley November 26, 2007 at 6:56 pm

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


35 valerie November 26, 2007 at 7:17 pm

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


36 Kevin November 26, 2007 at 7:23 pm

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


37 brilynn November 26, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Beautiful photos! The rolls look perfect!


38 Gigi November 26, 2007 at 8:18 pm

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!


39 Chris November 26, 2007 at 9:21 pm

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


40 Elle November 26, 2007 at 9:50 pm

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!


41 Claire November 26, 2007 at 11:15 pm

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


42 Anne November 27, 2007 at 12:26 am

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


43 Cherry November 27, 2007 at 1:18 am

Your rolls look so cute and yummy! =)


44 Rosa November 27, 2007 at 2:00 am

Your rolls look gorgeous! Great job!




45 Ulrike aka ostwestwind November 27, 2007 at 2:07 am

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


46 Kaykat November 27, 2007 at 2:18 am

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

I love that last pic.


47 JennDZ - The Leftover Queen November 27, 2007 at 5:43 am

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


48 Gretchen Noelle November 27, 2007 at 7:57 am

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


49 Camila November 27, 2007 at 8:11 am

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


50 veron November 27, 2007 at 9:39 am

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


51 Tarah November 27, 2007 at 9:55 am

Ohhh! Those look so yummy!!


52 Iisha November 27, 2007 at 4:37 pm

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

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


53 Cynthia November 27, 2007 at 8:52 pm

Congratulations on completing your first challenge.

I love the new header also.


54 Tiffany November 27, 2007 at 11:05 pm

Lovely rolls. They sound tasty!!!


55 joey November 28, 2007 at 12:41 am

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


56 Tempered Woman November 28, 2007 at 8:28 am

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


57 chronicler November 28, 2007 at 8:36 am

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


58 Jen Yu November 28, 2007 at 10:41 am

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 :)


59 Julie November 28, 2007 at 4:40 pm

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!


60 Madam Chow November 28, 2007 at 6:15 pm

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


61 Lesley November 28, 2007 at 9:26 pm

REALLY nice! I love your pictures!


62 LizG November 28, 2007 at 10:27 pm

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


63 rachel November 29, 2007 at 7:32 am

Lovely pics. And the rolls look delectable!


64 Christina November 29, 2007 at 11:47 am

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


65 Angel November 29, 2007 at 12:30 pm

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


66 Cheryl November 29, 2007 at 2:16 pm

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


67 Ivonne November 29, 2007 at 8:15 pm


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


68 sher November 29, 2007 at 9:33 pm

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


69 Dagmar December 2, 2007 at 3:07 pm

The rolls look beautiful!!!


70 Andrea December 6, 2007 at 9:40 am

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


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