Daring Bakers-Potato Bread with a Bonus-Green Olive Focaccia

Baking bread is probably the most enjoyable experience that I have in my kitchen. There is nothing more satisfying than a freshly baked homemade loaf of bread, so I was elated when Tanna of mykitcheninhalfcups chose potato bread as the November Daring Bakers challenge.Since I normally used my bread machine’s dough cycle to mix and knead, I was especially thrilled to see that one of the rules required hand kneading the dough. I missed feeling the bread in my hands transform from a shaggy mass to satiny elastic dough ready to be shaped for baking.Tanna’s recipe worked quite well with the 16 ounces of potato and made a soft, but manageable dough. I used King Arthur European Artisan Flour suggested as an alternative to all-purpose flour. The finished loaf made great toast and even good French toast, but my favorite part of the challenge was making the Green Olive Focaccia. The potato dough was perfect for the focaccia! If only the photograph session had been as easy! I realized I had left my trusty Bogen-Manfrotto tripod in Atlanta while visiting my daughter. In a frenzy, I rushed to the local camera store to buy one and although there was a poor selection of sturdy ones, I found one that could possibly support the weight of my hefty Canon 5D and 100mm Macro lens. Halfway through photographing, my Yorkie, Razzle prances in with the body cap for my camera in his mouth and partially chewed. Was I ever going to get this done! Finally, after chasing the dog around the house for my cap and before I lost my light, I got the photos.A good thing I did for we demolished the focaccia before dinner!Looking forward to the next Daring Bakers challenge.


  1. skrockodile
    November 26, 2007 / 6:02 pm

    Very pretty – like your styling on the top shot with the olive oil, etc.,Sounds like we both had a great time with this one – and daring you for trying 16 ounces!

  2. April
    November 26, 2007 / 6:23 pm

    Oh yum!! looks delicious!

  3. Mandy
    November 26, 2007 / 6:28 pm

    I agree that the potato dough is great for focaccia. Love your photos. After knowing how much obstacles you overcome to take this shots, it makes me appreciate the photos more. 😀

  4. Shawnda
    November 26, 2007 / 7:10 pm

    The focaccia looks delicious, great job!

  5. breadchick
    November 26, 2007 / 7:29 pm

    Yup, nothing like the feel of bread dough in your fingers is there? Great job on the challenge and I love the green olive focaccia.

  6. Meeta
    November 26, 2007 / 8:22 pm

    Love the olives and oregano focaccia. I had a blast with this too. Nice job!

  7. linda
    November 26, 2007 / 9:08 pm

    I love the green olive focaccia!

  8. Peabody
    November 26, 2007 / 10:25 pm

    Oh the bonus green olive focaccia looks fabulous.

  9. SweetDesigns
    November 27, 2007 / 1:24 am

    WoW!! Those look amazing!

  10. Gigi
    November 27, 2007 / 1:36 am

    I love green olives! I love focaccia! Together = drool. Yummy looking bread.

  11. I(dot)J
    November 27, 2007 / 4:29 am

    those olives looks amazing. What a great looking tpb

  12. Jen Yu
    November 27, 2007 / 7:33 am

    I just love the look of those fat green olives! Congratulations on some lovely potato bread :)-jen at use real butter

  13. joey
    November 27, 2007 / 10:33 am

    Love the way your focaccia turned out — looks delicious! I enjoyed making the focaccia too and I’m excited to try it with various toppings 🙂

  14. Deborah
    November 27, 2007 / 3:53 pm

    I agree that this bread was perfect for foccacia. And I love the green olives – that looks wonderful!

  15. kitten
    November 27, 2007 / 8:49 pm

    Your focaccia makes my mouth water, I love the olives pressed into the dough. Your pictures came out gorgeous too!

  16. Julie
    November 27, 2007 / 11:11 pm

    Oooh, potato bread French toast really sounds awesome! And you’re right, the focaccia bread looks awesome! I’m glad you got through the photo shoot with no focaccia or Yorkies harmed!

  17. Tartelette
    November 27, 2007 / 11:31 pm

    Beautiful green olive focaccia. I can see it why it disappeared real fast!!

  18. Sheltie Girl
    November 28, 2007 / 2:11 pm

    You did a wonderful job on your breads. I love the olive focaccia.Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  19. Lynnylu
    November 28, 2007 / 7:47 pm

    Thanks everyone for reading my post on the potato bread. I am slowly looking at all the posts. What a great group to belong to!

  20. Dolores
    November 29, 2007 / 6:05 am

    Gorgeous focaccia! Glad you were able to salvage the camera equipment from Razzle and still get some perfect pictures.

  21. marias23
    November 29, 2007 / 8:45 pm

    Yep, my foccacia turned out to be way more successful than the bread too 🙂

  22. Christina
    November 30, 2007 / 9:16 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Your olive-studded focaccia looks divine! Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

  23. Susan from Food Blogga
    December 1, 2007 / 5:15 pm

    I just finished breakfast 10 min. ago and now I want lunch–your green olive focaccia. Oh, my, those plump olives nestled in that thick dough is making my mouth water!

  24. Marye
    December 1, 2007 / 10:43 pm

    great job!! looks delish!

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