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Northern Ireland Potato Bread Farls

What's the big idea?

Potato Bread Farls are kind of like a thick potato pancake. Most importantly, they are a key constituent of the famous "Ulster Fry" fried breakfast, so if you're thinking of doing an Ulster Fry for your event, you need to know how to make farls!

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 500g floury potatoes, e.g. King Edwards, peeled and quartered
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • ¼ teaspon baking powder
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Extra butter, for cooking

What To Do

  • Place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water, season with a pinch of salt and boil for about 15 minutes or until cooked
  • Drain well, then return the potatoes to the pan
  • Melt the butter and add to the potatoes. Mash until smooth
  • Sift the flour with the baking powder into the potato mixture and mix well. Season to taste
  • This "dough" should come together and not stick to the sides of the pan. Add more flour if it is too wet, or a little milk if it is too dry
  • Divide the dough into two halves. Form one piece into a ball, then roll it out on a floured surface into a circle with a diameter of about 15 cm and a thickness of 5-10mm
  • Cut the circle into quarters
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat with a little butter to grease the surface. Transfer the four pieces to the pan and cook for around 3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip over and cook the other side for another 3 minutes
  • Remove to a warm plate. Repeat the process with the other half of the dough mix

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