January 15, 2008

Popeye's Potato Bread

4 c. warm water
¼ c. honey
2 TBS. yeast
5 c. white flour
5 c. wheat flour (or use all white/wheat if you prefer)
¼ oil
1 TBS. salt
½ c. dry potato flakes
1 c. finely chopped fresh spinach
1 red pepper – roasted and finely chopped
1 c. sharp cheddar cheese (or another pungent cheese)
¼ c. margarine (melted) to brush on top, salt

Mix water, oil, honey, salt and potato flakes in mixer for 30 sec. Add 5 c. flour and yeast. Mix 30 seconds more. Add spinach, pepper and cheese (for those who like stronger flavor, add minced garlic to your liking). Add remaining flour and mix until dough forms ball and cleans side of mixer. Auto knead.

Remove dough and place on lightly oiled counter. Shape into loaves (makes 5), place in greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise until double. Bake in preheated oven at 400 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 25-30 more minutes. Cover with foil the last 15 minutes to prevent over browning. Remove from pans and let cool, or serve warm!

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