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Potato Farls

Potato Farls (also known as potato bread) - an authentic Irish recipe that’s great for breakfast and perfect with any Ulster fry
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine Irish
Time 35 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 562kcal
Author Ciaran & HurryTheFoodUp


For the farls:

  • 3-4 medium potato (3 potatoes = approx. 500g/ 1.1lbs)
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter (leave it out to make them vegan)

To complete the dish as a fry up:


  • Peel, then quarter potatoes, boil for 15 mins until easily pierced with a fork. Drain and cool under running cold water. Allow to go cold. This recipe is also perfect for using leftover potatoes.
  • Mash the soft spuds with a fork or masher.
  • Add half the flour to the potato mix and spread the rest onto a work space.
  • Mix the flour along with the potatoes, butter (if using), salt (and seasoning of choice, see notes) until you have a dough. Make balls from the dough.
  • Press the balls flat into the flour on the workspace. They should be 1-2 cm thick.
  • Put a pan on medium heat, NO oil, then add the potato farls, (make sure each side is covered lightly with flour before putting into the pan).
  • Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes, until nicely browned.
  • Serve with a little extra salt.

Optional as a fry up:

  • Slice the tomatoes in half.
  • Add some olive oil to a pan on medium-high heat.
  • Add the tomatoes, then crack in the eggs to one side. Cook with a lid (if available) to speed up the frying process.
  • After a couple of minutes, flip the tomatoes. Another minute or so and the eggs will be ready and tomatoes will be nicely browned . Enjoy!


Seasoning Ideas: Think Indian curry, Italian basil and garlic, spicy pepper flakes, grated cheddar cheese and butter. Rosemary is really good, too. Use plenty to get the flavour you want!
Hankering after some more potato goodness? This gluten-free potato pizza is AMAZING. It really must be tried. This beautiful potato salad should also be taken to ANY picnic or BBQ.
Final notes: the nutritional information is using 3 medium potatoes.


Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 1367mg | Potassium: 1818mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2124IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 12mg