Thursday, 10 May 2018

Irish Potato Bread (Farls)

Traditional Irish Potato Bread, a quick and simple bread cooked in a frying on a hot stove. www.goodfoodshared.blogspot.com


It would be incorrect of me to say that this is a recipe, it isn't really, it's more of a suggestion. If you happen to have some mashed potatoes left over and you're wondering what to do with them then this is my suggestion. Why not make a traditional Irish recipe that is quick and easy to make and just happens to be absolutely delicious! 


How about it? You don't need any particular amount of potatoes just some and the same applies for the flour, you just need enough to make the mash a bit more manageable, stop it sticking to your fingers and the work surface. You can roll it out using a rolling pin or just mush it out with your hands and cut it into four quarters (hence the name, farls refers to quarters in the old Irish language) Granted I did a bit of a modern twist cutting it into circles but that's entirely up to you. Obviously you can cook, season and mash potatoes for this recipe but the same rules apply, add enough flour to make it all manageable.


Ingredients
Leftover cold mash potato
Plain flour
Seasoning

Method
Heat a large frying pan over a medium to high heat on the stove. Sprinkle a small amount of flour to the pan just before you add the potato bread to cook.


In a large bowl add flour to the cold mashed potatoes, season to taste and add enough flour to make a stiff dough. Flour your work surface and gently knead until it forms a smooth dough.


Roll out the dough with a rolling pin on a well floured surface until it is about 6mm thick and cut into rounds using an egg ring or a scone cutter or into any shape you please. 


Using a spatula or fish slice to gently lift the potato bread onto the preheated pan.


Allow the potato bread to brown slightly before flipping them over to cook on the other side, keep turning the bread until it is golden brown on both sides.

Traditional Irish Potato Bread, a quick and simple bread cooked in a frying on a hot stove. www.goodfoodshared.blogspot.com

Cooked bread should be crisp and golden on both sides and piping hot!


I usually keep cooked bread warm on an ovenproof plate in a LOW oven.

Traditional Irish Potato Bread, a quick and simple bread cooked in a frying on a hot stove. www.goodfoodshared.blogspot.com

Serve warm with butter on it's own or with poached eggs or a good old fashioned fry up.

Traditional Irish Potato Bread, a quick and simple bread cooked in a frying on a hot stove. www.goodfoodshared.blogspot.com
 

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