Years ago, I wrote a piece for this blog that included a recipe for Flower Pot Brioche. While that is truly a stunning loaf of bread, brioche takes two days to make if you do it right. I know that baking is daunting for people when it takes 20 minutes. When it takes two days? Forget it!
When Afternoon Live asked me back on the show to make a dish that celebrates Spring, I knew I had to develop a flower pot bread recipe that was less intimidating. Here’s the link to me baking these cute breads on tv:
This is a much simpler recipe for flower pot bread that is really addictive and very easy to make. You still have to be patient because it’ll need 3 1/2 hours to rise twice and then bake, but it’s non-active time. It’s just dough sitting in a bowl while you do other things. Get your hair did on the first rise, your nails done on the second!
These little loaves are easy, really stunning, and delicious. If you’re throwing a brunch or luncheon, these flower pot loaves are the perfect addition. Enjoy!
Seasoning the flower pots:
This recipe makes 2 small flower pots (4″ high) of bread (please use new flower pots that have been seasoned: preheat oven to 375, smear vegetable shortening or canola oil over the insides of the pots, bake for 10 minutes, repeat twice.)
Flower Pot Bread
- 1/3 cup warm water (not hotter than 110 degrees)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup instant potato flakes
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- egg white
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Stir the yeast into the warm water and let sit for 10 minutes. It will become foamy.
- Combine the potato flakes, sugar, salt, and flour in a bowl.
- Pour the water/ yeast mixture into the bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment(or into a bowl if you’re kneading by hand.) Add the egg, the milk, and the butter and mix gently.
- Turn the mixer on and slowly add the dry ingredients, scraping the bottom of the bowl from time to time. When all the dry ingredients have been incorporated, switch to the dough hook and knead for 10 minutes.
- Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to oil the whole loaf, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm location for an hour and a half.
- Punch dough down and separate it half. Roll each dough ball in a bit of flour and place into seasoned (see above) flower pots. Let dough rise in flower pots for another hour and a half.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and take out all racks in the oven except for the bottom rack.
- Mix the egg white with the sugar and brush on the top of the loaves.
- Bake flower pot bread for 30 minutes.