Grandma Cornish's Whole Wheat Potato Bread

Grandma Cornish's Whole Wheat Potato Bread


"This is the recipe that my husband's grandmother made for her family, my mother-in-law made for hers, and I have inherited the fun of making this bread for mine. We particularly like this fresh out of the oven, and then eat it daily for breakfast. My father-in-law at 86 years old bragged about never having eaten a slice of 'store bought bread.'"


servings 165 cals
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Original recipe yields 48 servings



  • Calories:
  • 165 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 2.7 g
  • 4%
  • Carbs:
  • 31.1g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 209 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water.
  2. Boil one medium peeled potato in 2 cups water with 1 teaspoon salt. Mash the potato in a medium bowl, while reserving the water. Combine the mashed potato, potato water, 1/3 cup of sugar, shortening or oil, 1 tablespoon salt, and milk in a large bowl.
  3. Make sure the milk mixture is warm, and add the yeast. Stir in 15 cups of whole wheat flour.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth, and allow to rise until doubled. Rising time will be about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down, and knead again for 3 minutes. Place back in bowl, and allow to rise again until doubled. The second rising period should be about 1 hour. Punch down. Form 4 loaves, and place into 9 x 5 inch greased bread pans. Let dough rise again for 30 - 60 minutes.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 1 hour.
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  1. 22 Ratings


I submitted this recipe and have made improvements on the original. I now use 1/3 cup of honey and 1/3 cup of oil instead of the sugar and shortening. Sometimes I use water that I have drained...

The texture of this bread is wonderful and very tasty. However, I would definately double the salt amount. I also used oil instead of shortening and it worked out perfect. You can halve this rec...

I've been attempting to bake bread for the past 25 years with varying success. I've tried recipe after recipe and I believe I've finally found gold. No doubt this will be a main stay in our hom...

I can see why this is a family favorite! We love it. I needed much more flour and ended up with 8 loaves. Was this my mistake?

This was good bread, just not what I wanted on the day that I made it. Be warned that you need a huge bowl to allow this dough to rise. It overflowed the largest bowl in my house.

I love wheat bread, but did not like this one at all. Granted, it was very moist from the potatoes, but was lacking something. It took a lot of time and was very disappointed at the end result

A surprisingly light bread for one that uses all wheat flour. The whole family loved it! The prep time is long (due to the second rise before "loaf-ing" it) but it's easy to put together and ...

What a pleasant surprise. I didn't know homemade 100% whole wheat bread could be so light and tender. This one will be a regular around our house.

It's not fast; but this is an excellant recipe. If you bake more bread than you buy, it's worth a try.