Potatoes have played a major role in the course of Irish history. In the 1840s, when a blight wiped out the crop and resulted in a severe famine, more than 1 million Irish emigrated to other countries--many to the United States.
Traditional customs, such as celebrating St. Patrick's Day, traveled with these people, and it wasn't long before friends and neighbors joined in the festivities. Today it seems everyone, whether Irish or not, participates in the annual greening of America each March 17.
Corned beef and cabbage is a typical entree served on this holiday. Accompany it with a loaf of Potato Bread, prepared with quick-rise yeast. The dough needs to rise just once, then is baked for about 25 minutes.
3 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup mashed potato, at room temperature
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 package quick-rise yeast
3/4 cup milk