Traditional Scottish recipe: Potato scones

This wonderful recipe is perfect for making an essential item in any Scottish breakfast, tattie (potato) scones.

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Published: February 4, 2016

1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender.

2. Drain the potatoes and mash them with the butter, salt, pepper and baking powder.

3. Mix in the flour to make a stiff dough. The exact amount of flour will depend on the type of potatoes used.

4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to around 5 to 6 mm thickness.

5. Cut into rounds, use a saucer or small tea plate as a guide.

6. Prick all over with a fork and score the dough to mark 4 equal wedges.

7. Cook in a heavy pan or griddle which has been very lightly greased.

8. Cook each side for about three minutes on a medium heat until the scones are golden brown.


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  • Half pound (225g) boiled and mashed potatoes, King Edwards if you can get them.
  • 2.5oz (65g) plain or all-purpose flour
  • 1oz (25g) Butter
  • Half teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Quarter Teaspoon of baking Powder
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