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March 5, 2012 / mintcustard

Potato scones

I have rather neglected Mintcustard in the past month or so. The call to arms in the form of a new Tea time treats challenge at Lavender and Lovage has got me going again. Scones. Hmmmm, I love them all. Huge fluffy buttermilk ones with far too much clotted cream and jam, rich cheesy ones with a smear of marmite and plenty of butter and most recently American biscuits with sausage gravy. I’ve always had a soft spot for potato scones. Comfort food from my childhood and in these times of frugality and brilliant way to use up leftover mashed potato. N.B. The mash must be cold otherwise the dough will become gluey.


a quantity of cold and fairly dry mashed potato – mash that has milk or cream added will work but not so well.

1/4 the weight of mash in plain flour

a good knob of butter, melted

pinch of salt

How to

  1. Weigh the mash and work out how much flour you will need. Place the cold mash, flour, salt and melted butter in a bowl.
  2. Work the ingredients together lightly with your hands until a dough is formed.
  3. Take cricket ball sized pieces of dough and roll them out on a floured surface into a rough circle. The circles need to be about the thickness of 7 to 10 mm.
  4. Cut each circle into four. 
  5. Heat a griddle or frying pan and add a smear or butter to stop the scones sticking.
  6. Fry on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until browned and crisped.
  7. Serve hot from the griddle with crispy bacon and a runny poached egg.

You can allow these to cool and reheat them later again in a dry frying pan or griddle for a moment on each side. These freeze well too in a ziploc bag, just ready for a lazy Sunday brunch. I am thinking that probably you could used other mashed roots to make similar scones. Sweet potato would certainly work and mashing in some beetroot would surely give a magnificent colour as well as an elusive earthy quality to the scones. If you experiment please let me know.


I have also discovered a new No waste food challenge hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen and Turquoise lemons and their ingredient of the month is mashed potatoes. These potato scones fit perfectly I think. Hope you do to.



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  1. Karen / Mar 5 2012 4:27 pm

    OH yes – potato scones, favourites of mine and also a great way to use up cold potatoes too…..I would love to see the photos, but they don’t seem to be working for me…….will try and come back later to see if they load!
    Thanks for entering Tea Time Treats.

  2. mintcustard / Mar 5 2012 5:46 pm

    I hope i have cured the photo issues now. Becky

  3. Hannah / Mar 5 2012 5:53 pm

    They look delicious and perfect, as you say, for Sunday brunch. I might “accidently” make extra mashed potato purely to give these a bash!

  4. mintcustard / Mar 5 2012 5:56 pm

    They are so easy and so tasty. You must certainly make a little too much mash and use the leftovers for these.

  5. Elizabeth / Jan 7 2013 10:10 am

    Oh yummy yummy! Bookmarked! I do so love tattie scones but I’ve never tried making my own. Thank you for entering this recipe into the No Waste Food Challenge! 🙂


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