I saw a version of this recipe in one of my German cooking magazines and immediately fell in love with the idea of an elephant's foot shaped bread.
My version amps up the flavor with whole wheat wheat flour and deliciously fragrant roasted garlic.
The bread takes quite a bit of time to make, including several rise times as well as cooking and grating the potatoes and roasting the garlic. Consequently, it takes some planning from baking to serving. However, the flavor result is worth the effort.
You can shape the bread any way you like. I couldn't resist the elephant's foot version. I think it adds a bit of fun to any dining table.