Loveless Cafe Potato Bread Loaves

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My favorite food in the entire world has three components: warm bread, butter, and orange marmalade.

It’s a match made in heaven. I promise! (It is, indeed, quite the simple finer thing.)

I love Jo-Lynne’s Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread recipe, but I saw this recipe in the Meet Me at the Loveless cookbook and was intrigued. It is, after all, the infamous Loveless Cafe! Everything there is good.

I slightly tweaked the recipe, so here is my version. I give it an A+, and it makes AMAZING grilled cheese.

Loveless Cafe Bread Loaves (Potato Bread)


  • 1 medium potato, peeled and boiled until very soft
  • 1/3 c. butter, softened
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 envelope dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp. bread machine yeast)
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 3 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 to 2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 T melted butter


Drain potato, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Mash the potato in a small bowl and let cool slightly.

Cream butter, sugar, salt, and egg in an electric mixer. Add potato and mix well.

Dissolve yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water. Add to potato mixture.

Change beaters to dough hooks, if you have them. Set mixer to 2. Add 2 cups whole wheat flour alternately with the 1 cup cooking liquid, mixing well after each addition. Gradually add in the remaining flour until the dough starts to clean the side of the bowl. When that happens, let mixer go an additional 2 minutes.

If your dough looks a little shiny, great! You’re ready. If not, you may need to knead it for a few additional minutes. (I have a Sunbeam Mixer, which is not quite as hardcore as a KitchenAid and sometimes I think it’s going to explode before the bread is really ready.)

Place the dough in a greased bowl and put somewhere warm. Cover with a damp towel. Let rise for an hour or until dough is doubled.

Punch dough down; divide in half. Shape into loaves. (I sort of push it into a rectangle, roll it up, and then tuck in the ends.) Place in two greased loaf pans. Cover with the towel again and let rise another 30-45 minutes or until doubled again.

Brush dough with melted butter. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and let cool on a wire rack.

And then, in your best Julia Child voice, say, “Bon Appetit!”

Added to Jill’s Things I Love Thursday carnival & Finer Things Friday at Amy’s. 
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8 thoughts on “Loveless Cafe Potato Bread Loaves

  1. Wow, that looks and sounds/reads delicious! However, too much effort to be an everyday bread for me. I make whole wheat honey bread in my bread maker several times a week (recipe is on my blog). Maybe this could be a special occasion bread for me.

  2. @Betsy–I think you could split the recipe in half and make it in the bread machine (with leftover mashed potatoes?). I am all about the bread machine–I just burnt mine to death. It was about 20 years old!

  3. I have never made bread before, but I want to try. I noticed of your bread recipes that you say to roll it up and tuck in the sides. Can you send me a pic or explain? Sorry I probably look crazy asking this, but never seen bread made before. lol

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