potato scones
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When you miss Scotland: make Potato Scones!

I am somewhere in between missing Scotland and being busy living my new old life. So far January has been busy with catching up with friends and figuring out what post-Erasmus life will be like! My boyfriend and I found a flat. So February will be filled with moving and furniture shopping! Tell me, how does one find the perfect couch?? But no matter where I am, there’s one dish that will always take me back to Scotland: potato scones!

Let’s get right to it! How do you make potato scones?

dough for potato scones

Potato Scones

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8 scones


  • 400 g potatoes peeled
  • 40 g Butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100 g flour


  • Cook the potatoes for about 20 mins, then drain.
  • Mash the potatoes with butter and salt. Let them cool completely.
  • Add the flour to form a dough.
  • Cut the dough into about 8 equal pieces and roll out on a floured surface. The scones should be less than 1 cm thick.
  • Heat a skillet and bake the scones on each side for about 3-5 minutes.


* Traditionally the potato scones are fried in bacon fat, so you could also lightly grease your skillet before baking the scones. I prefer them less greasy. Either way works just fine, so it is up to you how to prepare your potato scones!
* Potato scones freeze well! Freeze them in a single layer (to avoid them sticking together) before or after baking them. Cook the scones from frozen, adding a little more time for them to cook through.

How do you eat potato scones?

Scottish breakfast surely isn’t for everyone: sausages, baked beans, black pudding and haggis, all that first thing in the morning! I, however, found my favourites is the vegetarian version of Scottish breakfast and probably will serve them for brunch in the future as well! My favourite breakfast is the vegetarian Scottish breakfast at Café Zique in Glasgow! You got toast, baked beans, halloumi, fried mushrooms and tomatoes, eggs, spinach and of course potato scones! After all this, you were prepared for the day!

I encourage you to try your potato scones the Café Zique way! But in my opinion, tattie scones (how the Scottish call them) can be both savoury or sweet! Here are some more options to eat them:

potato scone with eggs
potato scones with eggs

Start your day with some tattie scones and scrambled eggs. Sprinkle your freshly prepared scone with some honey and top off with some scrambled eggs and feta cheese. You can also add some spinach to your eggs or cut up some fresh spinach to garnish your breakfast plate!

sweet potato scone with yoghurt and raspberries
sweet potato scone with yoghurt and raspberries

For a sweet version, eat your scone with some greek yoghurt sweetened with honey and fruit like raspberries or blueberries or whatever you feel like eating! You could also try your scone with cinnamon and sugar.

Let me know how you enjoy your potato scones! Have you ever tried them?


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