Laura Bradley's Famous Bread

Revised 2014 Sep 22

My mother started making this bread when I started high school (I was the eldest of four) and could no longer come home for lunch. If her children were going to eat sandwiches then they were going to be good sandwiches. Once she started she never stopped. Many would consider us somewhat spoiled.

Yield 3 loaves & approximately 14-18 rolls


2 medium potatoes
1 cup water
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
2 cups cold water
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
9 cups flour, all-purpose


Peel and dice potatoes; cook until soft in 1 cup water.

Dissolve sugar in warm water; sprinkle with yeast. Let stand 10-15 mins.

Mash potatoes with butter. Add water, sugar and salt. Add to yeast mixture.

Add about 4 cups flour; mix on speed #2 for 1 minute. Add rest of flour (all of it), and mix on speed #2 for 2 minutes.

Knead a bit and put in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with saran wrap and let rise 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.

Punch down and form into loaves, buns etc. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

Bake at 375F 14 minutes for rolls or 24 minutes for loaves

Mixing speed refers to KitchenAid stand mixer.

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