2 large potatoes
2 t yeast
3 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup gluten flour
½ t caraway seeds, optional
2 t salt
2 T butter
Peel and quarter potatoes. Put in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook until potatoes are soft. Drain potatoes reserving 2/3 cup of the potato water. Mash the potatoes very well with a fork until smooth. Measure 1 cup of mashed potatoes.
Using a mixer such as a Kitchen Aid or Bosch combine in the bowl the yeast, reserved potato water, gluten flour, salt and butter. Mix and add the remaining flour until you have a soft and maybe slightly sticky dough (not too sticky, should be a nice soft dough).
Knead for 4 to 5 minutes with a Bosch, 7 to 8 with a KA and 10 to 12 by hand. Cover dough and let rise for 1 hour. Punch down and shape dough into an oval loaf that is about 7 inches long.
Place on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle lightly with a little whole wheat flour. Cover loaf with oiled plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.
Near the end of the rising time preheat oven to 400. Using a very sharp knife cut the dough in 3 to 4 diagonal cuts in one direction and then do the same thing in the opposite direction to give you a criss-cross look.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes until nice and golden brown.
Optional, if you want you can omit the caraway seeds and add a cup of grated cheese.
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