Potato Garlic Bread

I've had a few requests for the recipe I used for my potato garlic bread, so I thought I'd post it here for everyone to try!

It was a very simple recipe, and turned out really yummy!
Recipe is from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day - definitely recommend this book!

Ingredients (makes 4 one pound loaves - I made two larger loaves - see pics above):
1 whole head of garlic
3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup mashed potato (i used 3 potatoes)
6 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Roast a whole head of garlic by wrapping in tin foil and baking for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F. Allow to cool and cut off the top of the head. Squeeze out the roasted garlic, measure 2 tablespoons and set aside.

Mix yeast, salt, sugar, mashed potato and garlic with the water. Mix in the flour without kneading, using a spoon. Cover, not airtight, and allow to rest at room temperature until the dough rises and collapses - about 2 hours.

20 minutes before baking, preheat oven to 450 degrees F, and stick pizza stone inside. Place a broiler pan for water on any other shelf that won't interfere with the rising dough. Sprinkle the dough liberally with flour, and slash a scallop or tic-tac-toe pattern in the top using a serrated bread knife. Leave flour in place for baking. Slid loaf directly onto hot stone. Pour one cup of hot tap water into the broiler pan and quickly close the door. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until deeply browned on top.


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