Potato Farls Recipe For Irish Potato Pancakes

Potato farls

  • makes 12
  • Easy

Potato farls are part of a classic Irish breakfast, farl literally means four parts. This recipe creates a potato dough which is rolled out to make a circle, and four parts are cut out then fried. Serve with crispy bacon and juicy tomatoes for a great weekend brunch



  • King Edward potatoes 500g, cut into large chunks
  • salted butter 50g, softened, plus extra to fry
  • plain flour 100g, plus extra for dusting
  • baking powder 1/2 tsp

To serve

  • fried eggs
  • crispy bacon
  • grilled tomatoes


  • Step 1

    Put the potatoes in a pan with cold salted water, heat to a simmer and cook until tender.

  • Step 2

    Drain really well then push through a potato ricer into a large bowl.

  • Step 3

    Season with salt, mix in the butter, then the flour and baking powder, and bring together into a dough.

  • Step 4

    Divide into 3 pieces, then roll each piece to 1cm thickness on a lightly dusted worksurface.

  • Step 5

    Use a small plate to cut out a neat circle, then cut each circle into 4 so you have 12 quarters.

  • Step 6

    Heat a little more butter in a heavy frying pan, then fry the farls for 3-4 minutes each side or until golden.

  • Step 7

    Keep warm in a low oven while you cook the rest. Serve with fried eggs, bacon and grilled tomatoes.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 94
  • Fat 3.6g
  • Saturates 2.2g
  • Carbs 13.4g
  • Sugars 0.4g
  • Fibre 1g
  • Protein 1.6g
  • Salt 0.2g