Potato scones

Potato scones

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Serves 4

Topped with crisp bacon and grated mature cheddar, these make a hearty brunch for friends

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  • 250g potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g butter, melted, plus extra for frying
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp oil, for frying

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  1. Cook the potatoes in plenty of salted simmering water until tender. Drain well and mash. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the butter, milk, eggs, mash and plenty of seasoning and mix to a sticky dough.
  2. Heat some butter and a little oil in a large frying pan. Fry dollops of the mixture as you would Scotch pancakes for 3 mins on each side until browned. You may need to do this in 2 batches so keep the fried ones warm in the oven. Serve with crisp bacon and grated mature cheddar, or blue cheese and a drizzle of honey.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2010

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taitai's picture
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the Potato "scones" went down a treat, especially with a hint of salt on top- once it's been fried. Wasn't sure about the thickness of the cakes, so the first batch was abit of trial and error- the size and thickness of a scottish pancake worked for me. Overall it was very easy to make and I'd probably make them again :)

kai4me's picture

Should be called Potato Cakes. Check any good Scottish recipe book for the real Potato Scones.

imeldahiggins's picture
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Love these scones. Also nice with spring onions added. Have not had a problem with the thickness - I cook them on one side, flip them and then flatten the cooked side with a spatula to the desired size and thickness. Be careful to cook them on a fairly low heat to make sure the batter cooks through.

jweg1210's picture
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Nobody in our family of four liked these - we thought they were tasteless.
As for the thickness factor - given the texture of the batter it isn't really possible to smooth it down so mine ended up really thick too.

Served with bacon and fried mushrooms, but would have done better to make some nice bread instead.

steviesgirl's picture

i tried this recipe and added fried onions, was a bit unsure on the size they should have been as i think mine may have been to thick and on the large size.
suggestions please?