Cheese and Onion Potato Bread

Cheese and Onion Potato Bread

It’s rather surprising that a recipe for Potato Bread hasn’t yet been featured here. I’ve long been a proponent of this frugal root vegetable, so this is a truly inexcusable oversight. Indeed, the entire concept is one that is incredibly appealing; it’s clear that this is one loaf of bread that is going to possess flavour in prodigious quantity, in addition to a moist, pleasurable texture. Happily, this is one recipe that doesn’t disappoint, not that my recipes tend to do so, and is the perfect accompaniment to any soup or casserole.

Potato really ought to be more frequently used in baking, since it can easily bestow the moisture craved by the majority of the baking community, whilst allowing one to maintain a certain frugality. Indeed, it has rather impressive applications in cake baking – a rather intriguing prospect, I’m sure. Potato also happens to be an exceptional vehicle for flavour, a trait shared by most basic sources of carbohydrates. However, it also has a characteristic that succeeds in placing it, in my opinion, far above its counterparts – it can be at once both innocuous and integral to the flavour of one’s culinary creation.

Cheese and Onion Potato Bread

Now, it must be admitted that the delightful Delia had a significant hand in the formulation of the recipe you see before you. Of course, the recipe hasn’t been ripped off, but no one wants this to develop into an awkward case of blatant plagiarism. So thank you, Delia – though your savoury dishes may fail to ignite my desire, your baking certainly succeeds in doing so!

Whatever the source of this recipe, ultimately it is one that can be enjoyed by all. Alas, I have one more admission to make – Katherine produced this exquisite example of bread making, not I! There simply wasn’t enough time in that particular day… there never is. One could say that time can be rather frugal.

Cheese and Red Onion Potato Bread

Makes 1 loaf


• 185g potato

• 160g self-raising flour

• 40g rye flour

• 1 egg

• 2 tbsp milk

• ½ small red onion, diced

• 2 spring onions, finely sliced

• 60g mature cheddar, cubed

• 2 tbsp parsley

• 1 heaped tsp chilli flakes

• 1 tsp salt

• Pepper


1. Put the flours, salt, chilli flakes and a twist of black pepper into a large mixing bowl. Peel and grate the potato into the flour mixture. Add the onions, parsley and the cheese. Preheat the oven to 190C.

Cheese and Onion Potato Bread

2. Beat the egg and the milk together and pour it into the flour and potato mixture. Bring it all together to form a rough dough. Transfer it to a floured baking sheet and pat into a loaf 6 inches in diameter. Dust with a little extra rye flour.

Cheese and Onion Potato Bread

3. Bake the bread for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown. When done transfer to a cooling rack and eat when still warm – though it is fine to eat for the next two days.

Cheese and Onion Potato Bread

Cost: I’m going to come right out and say it… this loaf should set one back no more than £1.20. Potato truly is the embodiment of the word frugality, is it not?


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144 comments on “Cheese and Onion Potato Bread

  1. poppyleigh-designs
    November 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    This looks amazing!

  2. fashionfoodandflirts
    November 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Mmmm, This looks so good! I’ll definitely give this recipe a try 🙂

  3. BeingZhenya
    November 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I am going to try this today, being Russian I am obsessed with potatoes 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Particularly when it comes to the production of vodka? 😀

      • BeingZhenya
        November 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        Haha what? I actually made this last week, and it was super good! More like a pie even and not bread!

  4. Juls
    November 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I love potato breads! What a stunner – I hope Katherine has received plenty of her due praise!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks, Juls – aren’t they just amazing?! She has 🙂

  5. albertocook
    November 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm


  6. cookingwithoutlimits
    November 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    great recipe! i will try it. 😉

  7. countrywoodsmoke
    November 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    a beautiful loaf mate 🙂 looks lovely and moist

  8. sybaritica
    November 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    That looks terrific! I’m wondering if some slices fried in the bacon fat while you are cooking breakfast might make a nice addition to one’s plate?

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I suppose so, but it’s entirely unnecessary.

  9. TheSurvivalGuy
    November 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Reblogged this on thesurvivalplaceblog.

  10. Our Adventure in Croatia
    November 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    it looks delicious, never knew you could make bread out of potatoes…. I presume it is rather filling? what would you have it with?

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks! Oh, you can make anything out of potatoes! Yes, very filling – served with either soup or butter… or both.

  11. narf77
    November 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Even the gratuitous raw ingredients shot looks tasty :). Kudos to Katherine…that looks like rustic frugal loafy goodness to accompany a delicious hearty soup to me…well at least that is what I am going to use it for. Potatoes are wonderful and we use them all the time. They are dirt cheap here at $6.95 (4 pounds 54p) a 10kg sack but Tasmania does grow a plethora of spuds as we have a similar temperate range to good old blighty. My favourites are kipflers and pinkeyes (both sound like painful diseases 😉 ).

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Haha – it is a must, an essential part of the blog mechanism. She did very well :D. I;ve actually never made this loaf myself! I think they are cheap everywhere, but that is VERY cheap!

      • narf77
        November 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        Something VERY cheap that tastes that good is to be treasured! Placed reverently in the special folder where you go to time and again for simple sustenance when the real world has scooted you a bit further along in your day than you realise.

        • frugalfeeding
          November 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

          OH, indeed! I’m happy that my recipes are revered!

  12. Anne
    November 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Looks delicious!

  13. Conor Bofin
    November 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    An amazing looking loaf. Kathryn indeed needs our praise. It is slightly problematical for me to read your posts half an hour before dinner.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks, Conor! Indeed, Katherine* does :D. You should save yourself for after 😀

      • Conor Bofin
        November 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        My sincere apologies to you and Katherine. I have a friend who spells it the other way and was not paying as much attention as I should.

        • frugalfeeding
          November 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

          Haha – thanks, Conor! We don’t mind really 😀

          • Conor Bofin
            November 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

            You are too kind. My surname “Bofin” is very unusual and I am used to people getting it wrong. I often find myself saying “Call me anything you like, just don’t call me too early in the morning.” or such like. Though, somewhere deep down, it irks.

          • frugalfeeding
            November 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

            How do you pronounce it? Is its etymology French?

          • Conor Bofin
            November 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

            Bow Fin. We used to believe that we arrived from France in 1798 with General Humbert and his invading force. My genealogist wife researched my ancestors and discovered some evidence of living in mud huts in Co. Leitrim at least two generations before Humbert arrived. The best I can hope to claim is being related to Brian Boru (We all claim to be related to Brian Boru over here.)

          • frugalfeeding
            November 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

            Very interesting! I’d never heard of Brian Boru – I shall read up on him.

  14. Alicia
    November 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Holy Yum! I am not much of a baker, and have only made bread once… But I need to make this, it sounds and looks divine!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Oh you should start making more – bread baking is so fun 😀

  15. Lois
    November 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I love potato bread but I usually make it from left over mashed potato so I was very interested to see your recipe!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      That’s not a bad idea – I’ll have to give it a go.

  16. A House and A Garden
    November 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    This sounds and looks great. Yes – will make this!

  17. My French Heaven
    November 11, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    This looks so moist! I have to make this for Christmas!

  18. chitchatandallofthat
    November 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    oh wow!! Awesome looking bread!!!

  19. oiyoufood
    November 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I’m sure the bread is tasty. The chopping board is special too!!

  20. cecilia
    November 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Potatoes, cheese and onions.. all of my favourites in a bread! perfick. Thank you and thank Katherine too.. have a lovely day.. c

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Haha – thanks – mine too 😀 You too, Celi!

  21. cookinginsens
    November 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Love the pic of the cheese and veg!

  22. fromtheloftabove
    November 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    yum, great photos!

  23. Bluejellybeans
    November 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Sound good! 🙂

  24. ripe red berries
    November 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I am so psyched to try this! I am always on the look out for yeast free breads – I can’t have yeast, shame, I know. And add to that, I’m always on the lookout for cost effective ways to eat well. Eating well does not have to equal LOTS of money; it can of course, as with anything, but it’s really not necessary. Plus, I love potatoes and cheese!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Please do! I’ll have to do more yeast free bread… so simple! I’m glad you like it and my ethos so much 😀

  25. petit4chocolatier
    November 12, 2012 at 12:59 am

    This looks sensational! Every single ingredient in the bread is delicious. The aroma inside your house while the bread was baking had to be wonderful! Well done my friend!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks so much :). Oh yes, it was and we baked it twice 😀

  26. emmycooks
    November 12, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Beautiful! I love the flavors here. Looks like a successful joint effort. 🙂

  27. The Dusty Baker
    November 12, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Want to eat that NOW!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      You’d better get baking then, Jacqueline 😀

  28. Mabarmalie
    November 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

    More good food from you. I haven’t had a chance to make your last dish yet.

  29. aucklandfoodie
    November 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

    That bread looks so good. I love cheese, onion and potato, I’m going to have to give that recipe a go!

  30. Val
    November 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Will be making this for dinner tonight! Thanks.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Fantastic! I hope you like it.

      • Val
        November 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

        It was lovely! More bread-like than I imagined and so easy to make. Thanks.

        • frugalfeeding
          November 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

          Thanks! Yes, it is bread like, but very dense in a pleasant way.

  31. Vered at EatNowTalkLater
    November 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Yum! I want to eat this right now!

  32. Villy
    November 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    *Clap, clap* because this is SO amazing! It looks fantastic! I would definitely attack the corner first! Poor corner not even featured in the photo!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Yessss, a clap :D. Haha – I’m cornerist.

  33. Gibmee
    November 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Looks awesome!

  34. Parsley Sage
    November 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Maaaaaaan, for two bucks that is an absolute steal! And delicious 🙂

  35. lmicheles
    November 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I plan to try this today… to eat with lovely pea soup.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      I hope you like it! We had it with pea soup 😀

  36. Stephanie
    November 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Oh wow, this looks yummy! Adding it to my recipe collection — thank you for sharing!

  37. Smedette
    November 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Yum! I love baking with potatoes. This looks like pure comfort food.

  38. musingmar
    November 12, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    My Dad liked the potato bread from the local bakery when I was growing up, but it was nothing like this! It just looked like another white loaf to me. Now this is what I call potato bread, and then some!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I always feel potato bread should be very dense and moist! It was really spectacular 😀

  39. cityhippyfarmgirl
    November 13, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Yum! i think I need to go make some potato bread now!

  40. Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy
    November 13, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Wow, that is just glorious….I have never seen potato bread like this!

  41. PukakiBlue
    November 13, 2012 at 4:10 am

    I have to try this! I have such bad kneading skills I almost gave up making bread at one time.. This may just bring my confidence back! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Yes, do! Give it a go, no kneading needed here!

  42. flyfishbrat
    November 13, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I have to make this recipe. Thanks for the post.

  43. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    November 13, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Potatoes.. yes they are the ultimate in frugal, Frugal:) But now with two of you baking, will it be frugal i and frugal ii? ps Congrats on 3,000!! Wow!!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      They really, really are! Haha – she’s not allowed to do too much :D. Thanks!