Grandma Russell's Bread Recipe
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Grandma Russell's Bread Recipe

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I remember as a child always smelling fresh homemade bread and rolls whenever I walked into Grandma's house. The warm slices were delicious and melted in my mouth! —Janet Polito, Nampa, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 208 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 387mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine yeast, warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar. In a saucepan, heat milk, butter, salt and remaining sugar until butter is melted. Remove from heat; stir in potatoes until smooth. Cool to lukewarm; add eggs and mix well.
  2. To yeast mixture, add potato mixture and 5 cups flour. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Punch down and divide in half. Shape two loaves and place in greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Roll each half into a 16x8-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter; combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over butter. Starting at the narrow end, roll up into a loaf, sealing the edges and ends. Place in greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake loaves as 375° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cover with foil if they brown too quickly. Remove from pans to wire racks; serve warm.
  4. For cinnamon rolls: Roll each half into an 18x12-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Starting at the narrow end, roll up and seal edges and ends. Cut each into twelve 1-1/2 in. pieces. Place in greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled. Bake rolls at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cover with foil if they brown too quickly. Remove from pans to wire racks; serve warm. Yield: 2 loaves or 2 dozen rolls.
Originally published as Grandma Russell's Bread in Taste of Home October/November 1993, p63

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peanutsnona76 245676
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"One teaspoon salt per loaf is the norm-hence 2 tsps works great in this recipe. Lovely light bread. Enjoyed by all immensely."

pburgpiano 234161
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"Delicious! The bread is so soft and tender. I used about 2 teaspoons of salt intead of the tablespoon given. Mine was not done after 20 minutes so I will bake it for about 30 minutes and maybe lower the temperature just a bit the next time."

rivergulch 1951
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"could use this recipe for rolls also. Very good"

minimaus 198408
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"It is so hood that I could eat the whole loave"

carolanne1210 3365
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"For this recipe, you use actual mashed potatoes...not dried flakes. This is very good, but I agree with edl274, I cut the salt in half."

tooter10 4291
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"When you made this did you use mashed potato flakes dry or did you use leftover mashed potatoes?"

edl274 2495
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"Way too salty. If I made this again, I'd cut the salt down maybe to half."

Shirley_Terral 1834
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"This is very much like Aunt Holly's Moravian Sweet Bread."

michaeld7love 3285
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"Light and not too sweet . . Very tasty"

cowgirl0257 1831
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"The magic is in the mash potatoes.. Great Recipe"

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