Irish Potato Bread

United States Potato Board
  • Yield: 16 servings

Great for breakfast with smoked salmon, for lunch with hearty soup, or for dinner with a roast, this easy, yeast-free bread demonstrates why the Emerald Isle loves the spud so much.


2-- (3/4-pound) russet potatoes
1large egg, plus 1 large egg white
1/3cup canola oil, plus additional for greasing the baking sheet
3/4cup fat-free milk
2tablespoons minced chives (or the green part of a scallion)
1/2teaspoon caraway seeds
3 1/4cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting and kneading
1 1/2tablespoons baking powder
1teaspoon salt



  1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil over high heat in a vegetable steamer or a large saucepan fitted with a portable vegetable steamer. Peel one potato and cut into eighths; steam the pieces until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Rice or mash pieces in a large bowl; set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  2. Position the rack in the center of the oven; preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly oil a large baking sheet with canola oil dabbed on a paper towel.
  3. Peel the other potato and grate it through the large holes of a box grater. Squeeze of any excess moisture; add to the riced or mashed potatoes.
  4. Stir in the egg, egg white, oil, milk, chives, and caraway seeds until fairly smooth. Add 3 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt; stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a soft but sticky dough.
  5. Lightly flour a clean work surface as well as your cleaned and dried hands. Turn the dough out onto the floured surface and knead for 1 minute, adding flour in 1-tablespoon increments to keep the dough from turning too sticky. Too much flour and the dough turns tough; it should remain a little tacky but workable. Shape into an 8-inch circle, flatten slightly keeping the loaf mounded at its center, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to slash an X in the top of the dough, cutting into dough about 1/2 inch.
  6. Bake until golden brown, firm to the touch, and somewhat hollow sounding when tapped, about 55 minutes. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack before slicing and serving. Makes 1 large loaf (16 slices).
Recipe by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, authors of The Ultimate Potato Book, for the United States Potato Board.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 183
  • Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 14mg
  • Sodium 298mg
  • Potassium 222mg
  • Carbohydrate 30g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Protein 5g