Potato Water Bread (Bread Machine)

Total Time
2hrs 50mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 50 mins

When I was little, my mom made homemade bread with potato water and I had never forgotten the taste. It was sooooo goooood!!! Since then, my mom has passed but I longed for that bread. After making a few substitutions and alterations, I think I've succeeded in being able to imitate her recipe as close as possible. This recipe calls for less yeast due to the starch content in the potato water that contributes to the rising action. The first time I made this bread, the taste brought me back to the good ol' days!! A good and tasty way to use saved potato water!!! Because this bread browns up darker than most, I would suggest a light crust setting on your machine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Select the basic bread setting.
  3. Bake as normal.


Most Helpful

I don't have a bread machine so I modified this as a standard bread recipe. I warmed the milk & potato water and dissolved the yeast in it. I combined the dry ingredients and rubbed in the butter into them. I then added the liquid/yeast ingredients and kneaded the dough. I let it rise twice, punching down after it had doubled on the first rise. Baked at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. It is PERFECT! (See photo). A definite keeper!

HisPixie October 23, 2009

i made this recipe 20 years ago with my daughter who is now 27 didnt have a bread machine we did it the old fashion way and mixed it by hand it was good then and taste the same using the machine this is defantly a keeper

jameskoath August 22, 2007

I will never throw out potato water again! This bread was excellent! Will keep this recipe handy. Thanks for sharing.

Whsky Grl January 13, 2004

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