In Ireland, potato bread is also known as potato farl. No Irish breakfast would ever be complete without a piece or two of potato bread.
To-day in Ireland you can sometimes find it made with the addition of a handful of finely chopped scallions (spring onions) thrown into the mixture this effectively makes the potato bread into ‘Champ’ or ‘Poundies’ bread.
Ingredients for Irish potato bread
- 3 oz plain flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 oz butter
- 8oz mashed potatoes
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Butter to serve
- Handful of scallions if desired
How to make Irish potato bread
Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, rub in the butter using the fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add in the scallions now if you are using them.
Stir in the mashed potato and enough milk to make soft but not loose dough. Roll out onto a floured board into a round approx ½ inch thick and mark into quarters without cutting right through the potato farl.
Place on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Serve hot with plenty of butter.
This article was first published on 14-08-2013 and last modified on 25-10-2015.