Scones on Sunday – potato scones

I’ve been thinking about potato scones almost since MoFo started, they cover so many things I really like: potatoes, carbs, friedness. Yep, the potato scone has it all.

Plate with 2 potato scones, 2 vegan sausages, a clump of beans in tomato sauce, 2 tomato halves, fried sliced mushrooms, on a purple tablecloth with the corner of some toasted fruit bread showing

I found several recipes. The common factor in many seemed to be that the flour weighs about 1/5 of the potato. The simplest instructions were at but to a potato-scone-making novice they left out a few rather important bits of information, like whether to flour your rolling-out surface, or grease your griddle.

I knew I wouldn’t get through 500g of potatoes-worth of scones, so I cut it down to 300g, with a corresponding 60g flour. I peeled and weighed out the potatoes, cut them into fairly small chunks, covered them in cold water in a pan and boiled them until they were soft enough to mash. When they were done I drained the cooking water into a measuring jug, being fearful of the instruction that told me not to let them get too dry.

I mashed the potatoes with a pinch of salt and added them to the flour while they were still warm, and added a glug of olive oil. I cut them in with a fork, and the mixture did look a bit on the dry side:


So I added a dribble of the cooking liquid. Not a great idea. It was still a cohesive dough, but definitely on the sticky side. I ploughed on, scooping out half of the mixture and starting to roll it out on my silicone pastry mat. Disaster! (yes, I’m being melodramatic.) The dough stuck to the mat. I scooped it back into the bowl, turned the mat over and floured it, despite lack of instruction to do so, and put a bit of flour on the dough for good measure. This successfully rolled out into a rough circle which I then quartered.

The recipe also doesn’t say to grease the griddle, but I didn’t want to be scraping dough off my recently-re-seasoned cast iron pan, so I poured a good couple of teaspoons of oil in and swirled it around. The seasoning must have taken pretty well this time, because these didn’t stick at all, and in fact came out looking pretty good:


I’m not usually one for a big breakfast, but this is the last Sunday of MoFo, so I decided to treat myself. Beans in tomato sauce (with added chopped onions), mushrooms fried with a bit of oregano and smoked paprika, a tomato cut in half and warmed up in the oven, and some Linda McCartney rosemary and red onion sausages, and the scones as the king of the plate! Jolly good it was too. Since I usually only have cooked breakfasts when I’m on holiday, and because the sun is shining today, it was a great start!

7 Comments on “Scones on Sunday – potato scones”

  1. Hm, I’ve never tried potato scones, it does look great though!


  2. Potato and scones = delicious!


  3. Oh goodness, I love potato scones!


  4. mihl says:

    What a wonderful and comforting meal! I never had potato scones but they sound great!


    • dropscone says:

      They’re actually really bland, and I was thinking to myself “hmm, these are boring” when I ate the tester one on Saturday night and then continued on to eat half a batch!


  5. Those potato scones look wonderful 🙂


    • dropscone says:

      Thank you! I think I’m going to experiment with the remains of the potatoes and see if I can make wrap/tortilla-type things. The scones I rolled too thin were excellent wrapped around the leftover beans!


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