Thursday, 5 November 2009

Yummy Scrummy stuff...

Yesterday I was having a bit of a "lacking inspiration for what to make at tea-time" moment. I stumbled on a recipe for Irish Potato Farls.

For anyone who doesn't know, Farls are a kind-of scone, which is made with potato, flour and butter, then cooked/browned on a griddle (or a dry frying pan). They are super-yummy and go with lots of savoury dishes, or else they make a great snack.  You can buy kind-of Farls in the supermarket (and M&S do a fab version), but this is a genuine Irish recipe...

For 6 Farls, serving 3 people: -

Peel and boil 300g (10.5oz) potatoes of the kind suitable for mash.

Mash the potatoes with butter.  You can add fresh or dried herbs too - I used tarragon and sage, as I was eating these with fish.  You can also add a little milk, but don't make it soggy!

Mix in 60g (2oz) plain flour and knead into a dough.  Roll out in to a large round (about as deep as a scone) and cut into 6 wedges.  Dust a hot griddle / your heaviest frying pan with a little flour and cook the farls on a low heat, for 5 or 6 minutes each side.

Eat hot with melting butter and a cup of tea, or serve with cheese and salad, eggs, fish or other savoury dish.  You could make them plain and eat them with jam too!

Be aware that these can be addictive and you may have to make more tomorrow (or even today!)


  1. Ooh thanks for recipe. My dad used to make these with leftover spuds, we called them potato cakes - yummy :-) x

  2. Sounds yummy. Are they kind of like latkes

  3. Hi Kathy,

    I don't really know if these are like latkes, as I have never eaten those.
    The Scots also eat these and call them "Potato Scones" - though to be honest, this recipe is not much like English Scones - no egg, little or no fat. Maybe the Scottish recipe is different - but then so are lots of people's. It varies from place to place and family to family. This is just one person's "take" on a tradition!

    Anyway, why not make these and then you will know if they are like latkes!



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