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Braided Onion-Potato Loaf

 Braided Onion-Potato Loaf
Ever wonder why a bread recipe includes mashed potatoes? The potato's starchy quality absorbs liquid during the kneading stage, and it holds onto that liquid during baking. The bread finishes with a crisp, brown exterior crust and a flavorful, moist interior that helps the bread keep longer. —Joan Ranzini, Waynesboro, Virginia
16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.


  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (70° to 80°)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Additional grated Parmesan cheese


  • Place potato and onion in a small saucepan and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or
  • until vegetables are tender. Drain; mash until potatoes are smooth
  • (about 3/4 cup); set aside.
  • In bread machine pan, place the milk, mashed potato, egg, butter,
  • honey, cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, flour and yeast in order
  • suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5
  • minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if

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Directions (continued)

  • needed).
  • When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Divide into thirds. Shape each into an 18-in. rope. Place ropes on a
  • greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under.
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until
  • doubled, about 1 hour. Uncover; brush top with beaten egg. Sprinkle
  • with additional cheese. Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until
  • golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16
  • slices).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 151 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 266 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.