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Traditional Irish Potato Farls

This traditional Irish Potato Farls recipe is so easy! Also known as potato bread or cakes, Farls are a tasty classic breakfast from Ireland.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Irish
Servings 6
Calories 128 kcal


  • 4 cups (650g/1lb 7oz) 3 medium potatoes (Russet, Maris Piper, Roosters)
  • ¾ cup (4oz/115g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (1oz/28g) butter (plus more for cooking)


  • Peel and chop your potatoes and THEN weigh them for the recipe. It is more accurate this way.
  • Steam or boil the cubed potatoes in a medium pot until tender, roughly 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove the potatoes from the pot and place them in a sieve over a bowl, allowing them to dry off slightly for 5 minutes.
  • While still hot, pass the potatoes through the sieve to yield light, fluffy potatoes. If you don't have a sieve you can use a ricer or masher to mash the potatoes either.
  • Into the potatoes, add in the flour, salt, pepper, and melted butter. Stir the dough together until it forms a ball.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and flatten it into an 8 inch round disc. Using a large knife cut the disc into 6 pieces.
  • Melt a big knob of butter in a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat until bubbling. Carefully add the potato farls and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until a lovely golden brown. Flip them over and cook for another 4-5 minutes on the other side. They should be crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
  • Serve immediately while hot as part of a traditional Irish breakfast or simply on their own.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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