Last night we had some mashed potatoes. I had just read the BBA pugliese formula recently, and thought that I would make it with some of the leftovers. Well, as it happens, I found the Potato Rosemary bread on my way to the pugliese, and it also contains mashed potatoes! Then I saw that the general formula for the biga makes enough for both the pugliese and the potato rosemary breads. And then I discovered that my leftover potatoes weighed EXACTLY as much as the amounts called for in the two recipes. A sign from the universe, perhaps? So I made the biga last night and started today with the potato rosemary bread.
This is wonderful bread. I used fresh rosemary from a plant in my driveway (I have to container garden, bc our lot, although large, is too sloped and shady to grow much of anything in a garden sense). I used plain, seasoned leftover mashed russet potatoes from dinner. The only thing I did differently from the formula as written was to omit the garlic, because my husband had an opinion about that. Also, my mashed potatoes must have been on the moist side, because I had to add a little more flour and knead a little longer to get the "tacky but not sticky" texture as described in the book. I slashed it with a wet knife, rather than trying the lame again (I am so lame with the lame). It worked well--the best slash was the one I went over twice.
It's soft yet chewy, light yet meaty. It would make a fantastic ham or turkey sandwich, an idea I'm going to explore tomorrow at lunch. The cracked pepper and rosemary give it a little bite, but aren't overpowering. I will definitely bake this bread again.