Here is a recipe that you should like if you are a weekend brunch lover! I discovered potato farls while looking for an Irish recipe for St. Patrick’s Day. They are potato rolls that look like pancakes. And good news: it’s super simple to make and super good!

In Ireland, potato farls are mainly served for breakfast. But you can eat them at any time I think!

The recipe is quite simple: you need mashed potatoes as if you were making a mash, flour, butter and yeast. You form patties and cut them in 4 to obtain triangles. And the cooking is done in the pan with a little butter. It is as simple as that.

I don’t recommend using ready-made mashed potatoes unless they are very consistent. If the mashed potatoes are liquid, you will have trouble making the dough and forming the patties. I tried it and I can tell you that it was very difficult to get something nice!

Little info: potato farls are the equivalent of tattie scones in Scotland! If you want the recipe of the latter, I invite you to go and see the recipe of my friend Sarah who lives in Edinburgh!

The shopping list for the potato farls (about 8, 12 triangles)

  • 500g of potatoes
  • 30g butter
  • 50g flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • salt and pepper

Preparation of the potato farls

  • Peel the potatoes and cook them in boiling salted water.
  • Mash your potatoes to make a puree
  • Add melted butter and mix well.
  • Then add the flour and yeast and mix again. If your dough is too smooth and you can’t make a ball out of it, add a little flour. You need to be able to form balls so that you can roll them out and make patties.
  • Then add salt and pepper to taste and mix well again.
  • Form 2 or 3 balls
  • Roll out each ball to form circles the size of your frying pan or smaller with a rolling pin. I made circles of 21 cm in diameter
  • Then cut each circle into 4 to obtain 4 triangles.
  • Then cook in a pan with a little oil
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And that’s it! I advise you to eat these cakes while they are still warm. If you keep them, you can reheat them in the pan.

I’ll take pictures next time I make them, they were eaten too fast!