Crisp baked potatoes

Crisp baked potatoes

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins


Serves 8
Crisp-skinned, fluffy-fleshed jackets are a cheap and cheerful way to feed a crowd - great with beans and sausages

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal254
  • fat9g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.08g
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  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 8 large baking potatoes
  • 300ml pot soured cream


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Rub a little oil over each potato and put on the top shelf of the oven. Bake for 20 mins, then turn down the oven to 190C/170C fan/ gas 5 and bake for 45 mins-1 hr more until the skin is crisp and the flesh soft. Remove from the oven. Make a cross in the centre of each potato, dollop over the soured cream and serve.

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10th Mar, 2012
8th Nov, 2011
Baked these potatoes for a bonfire party. Followed the method exactly and was told by various guests that these were the best jacket potatoes they had ever had. Delious!
3rd Nov, 2011
It's much faster if you microwave the spud first and then rub it with oil - you only need 20 mins in the oven then :) I love mine with cottage cheese and coleslaw
Baked Dragon
5th Mar, 2015
Does anyone have a general guide on how long it takes to bake the potato? Is it always 1 hour? How much longer does it take for larger potatoes?
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13th Mar, 2015
Hi Baked Dragon, thanks for getting in touch. Generally speaking they all take approx 1hr - 1hr 20mins. This guide might be helpful let us know how you get on. 
12th Aug, 2015
Secret to crispy-skinned baked potatoes! After baking for 1.5 hrs at 220°C or 200° fan, remove from oven and IMMEDIATELY cut open with sharp knife. This allows the steam to escape and keeps the skin crisp.j