I found the recipe for the bad potato bread above here. It's just... uh. It turned out all crumbly, dry, and just... uh. I still have a whole loaf left. I don't know what the hell to do with it.
Now, let us move on to the good (awesome) potato bread. I found the recipe for this potato bread in an old issue of Sedap Sekejap: Khusus Pemula from 2004. My mother and I loved this magazine. Most of the recipes are well-tested and kind of foolproof. Now, the bad thing for you American cooks who don't own scales is that measurements are all in metric. God, just invest in one. I promise you that it'll be worth it.
GOOD Potato Bread
400 g of high protein flour
100 g of potatoes, boiled and mashed
50 g of sugar
about 7 g (or 1/4 oz) of dry yeast
2 egg yolks
150 ml of lukewarm water
100 g of butter
1/4 tsp of salt
about 100 ml of milk (for brushing at the end)
- Grab either a stand mixer or hand mixer, and attach the dough hook. Don't make this any harder than it has to be.
- Put the flour (all of it), yeast, sugar and egg yolks in a bowl, and mix.
- While the machine is on, slowly pour in the water.
- Add butter and salt. Mix until the dough is elastic and separates for the mixing bowl. It should all stick to the dough hook by now.
- Let the dough rest for 30 minutes. If it's warm enough in your kitchen, you can let the dough rest on the counter with a kitchen cloth covering it. If not, you can do what I did and let it proof in the oven. You can find the instructions here.
- Punch the dough, and dump on to a floured surface. Portion the dough into balls weighing about 50 grams each. You can make it bigger if you want, though.
- Let it rest on a lined baking sheet for 30 minutes. Brush the dough with milk, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 340 degrees Fahrenheit.
I don't use that word a lot, but these are totally fabulous. Man, I sound like teenager. Wait, I am a teenager.
Anyway, you should definitely try these. They have this wonderful crusty, but not tough, outsides. But, in the inside, they are so soft and fluffy. It's good bread--tremendously good bread. I've had two already.