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Tattie Scones / Potato Farls

Introduction & method

Tattie scones come from Scotland, potato farls (also sometimes called potato bread) come from Ireland, but they are essentially the same thing. They are a great way to use up leftover mashed potato, and are usually served as part of a cooked breakfast or as an afternoon snack spread with butter and jam.

Tattie Scones / Potato Farls Recipe

Mashed Potato

Peel your potatoes and cut them into equal-sized chunks. Add them to a pan of salted water, bring it to the boil, put a lid on and simmer for 15-20 minutes until they are tender. Drain and mash together with the butter, salt and pepper.

Turn it into Dough

Add the baking powder and half of the flour. Mix well.  Add more flour until it you can't get any more in - you should now have a fairly firm dough that holds together. On a floured worktop, roll out a disc of dough about the size of a saucer or soup bowl and 5-6mm (quarter of an inch) thick. Use a saucer or soup bowl as a guide and trim off any excess. Cut the disc into 4 wedges.

Cook the Tattie Scones

Heat some fat (dripping, lard, butter or oil) in a frying pan and add the scones. Cook for a bout 3 minutes each side until golden brown. Butter them and serve with a cooked breakfast, or with jam for an afternoon snack.

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Ingredients & Info

 450 grams potatoes
 100 grams plain (all purpose) flour
 50 grams butter
 pinch of salt
 pinch of white pepper
 1 tsp baking powder

US Customary/Imperial

makes 8 
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 26 minutes.
Total time: 36 minutes.