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Tattie Scones Recipe

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Tattie scones and cheese
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No Scottish breakfast would be complete without Tattie scones - Tattie being a familiar term for potatoes. There are many Scottish recipes for Tattie Scones but this is my favourite. Some argue that Tattie Scones should not include egg, but for me adding the egg helps to glue the potatoes together and makes a lighter scone. The choice is yours to add one or not.

Tattie Scones are sometimes called potato scones and you may also hear them called fadge or potato bread in Ireland.

They are quick and easy to make and are a useful way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1lb/500g potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 1 oz/30g butter, melted plus extra for greasing
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 oz/125g flour, plus a little extra for rolling out
  • 1tsp baking powder


  • Preheat the oven to 395°F/200°C/Gas 6
  • Place the mashed potato in a large baking bowl and add all the other ingredients to form a sticky dough.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface to approx ½ inch/1 cm thickness. Cut into saucer sized rounds then score a cross into the dough to mark 4 equal wedges.
  • Grease a baking sheet with butter and bake the scones for 15 minutes until golden brown and risen. The scones can also be cooked on the stove top on a griddle or heavy based frying pan. Cook the scones 5 minutes on either side until golden and risen
  • Eat while warm.

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