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Kartofel Khleb ~ Russian Potato Bread

A rustic Russian bread made with wholemeal & potatoes is great to mop up curries or can be eaten with cream cheese or butter
Course Breads
Cuisine Russian
Keyword Breads, Potato
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 234kcal


  • 225 grams potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 7 grams instant yeast
  • 350 grams (3 cups) white bread flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 115 grams (1 cup) wholemeal bread flour (or whole wheat flour) plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds crushed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Lightly grease a baking sheet. Keep aside.
  • Bring a saucepan of water to a rolling boil and add the potatoes, cook till tender. Reserve 1 cup of this water and discard the rest. Mash the boiled potatoes well. Keep aside till required.
  • In a large bowl, mix the yeast, flours, salt and caraway seeds together. Rub in the butter till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add about 2/3rd cup of the reserved (and slightly cooled) potato water and the mashed potatoes and mix everything well and work into a dough. Add the rest of the water only if required.
  • Tip the dough onto a clean, lightly floured working surface and knead gently for about 7-8 minutes till pliable. Then place the ball of dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with an oiled clingfilm. Leave the bowl in a warm place till the dough has doubled.
  • Turn out the dough onto the working surface and gently punch out the air. Knead lightly and shape into a plump oval about 7 inches long.
  • Place it onto the prepared baking sheet and dust it with some wholemeal flour. Cover with a lightly oiled clingfilm and keep aside to rise, for about 30 mins
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Using a sharp knife slash the top of the dough with 3-4 diagnonal cuts (deep gashes) to make a criss cross pattern.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or till golden and sounding hollow when tapped on the base. Remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Slice and serve with butter, cheese or a savoury spread.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg