Potato bread

Potato bread

Potato bread, also known as fadge, slims, potato cake or potato farls, is a form of bread in which potato replaces a major portion of the regular wheat flour. It is usually cooked by baking it on a hot griddle or pan. An Irish variant is unleavened. It can be served with an Irish breakfast and in Northern Ireland, where it is colloquially known as "Tatie Bread", it forms part of the Ulster fry. In Scotland potato bread is colloquially known as "Tawty" or "Tattie Scone".


This bread started out in the late nineteenth century Fact|date=June 2007 as a means of making use of mashed potato leftovers, the potato being a staple part of the Irish diet. Potato bread can be served in any Irish meal. This bread is made in some cases just to get rid of the left over mashed potatoes.

Typical homemade recipe

*2 cups (1 kg or 2 lb) warm cooked potato, mashed
*1/2 tspn salt
*2 tblspns butter, melted
*1 cup (4 oz or 125 gm) plain flour
*Makes 2 circles each with 4 quarters

Add salt and butter, then work in enough flour to make a pliable dough. Divide the dough in two and roll out on a floured surface to form two circles 22 cm (9 in) in diameter and 5 mm (1/4 in) in thickness. Cut each circle into quarters and bake on a hot griddle or pan for about 5 minutes or until browned on both sides. Some people like to grease the baking surface, while others prefer a light dusting of flour for a drier effect.

(Recipe from 'Ireland's Eye' [http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/culture/recipes/cooking/tatofarl.shtm] )

Commercial recipes tend to use potato flour/flakes instead of mashed potato and have little to no fat. They are traditionally sold as thin rectangular slices in packs of four.


Potato bread is usually sold in its original form, but there are some rare variations:

Pratie Oaten With fine oatmeal instead of flour in the recipe above for more texture.

Apple Potato bread A specialty of Armagh, which is famous for growing apples. Potato bread wrapped, pasty-like, around a sweet filling of apples.

See also

*Tattie Scone - the Scottish equivalentOther Irish breads:
*Soda bread (also called Soda Farl; variation is Wheaten Soda)
*Barm Brack
*Veda bread
*Fried bread

External links

* [http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/culture/recipes/baking/potbread.shtm Ireland's eye -potato bread recipe]
* [http://www.irwinsbakery.com/pro-knowyerfarls.asp Irwin's Bakery - know yer farls]

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