Saturday, 12 February 2011

Tacky or Tattie (Potato) People with heart

I know, I know its a little tacky - but warm (mmm) these Tattie Scones are so comforting.
Of course we all know that Valentines Day is just around the corner. To be truthful though, D and me have never really got into the Valentines Day spirit – its commercialised, plus we feel we don't need one day in the year to show how much we love each other. But I would be a liar if I said I didn’t participate somehow. Just look at my blog filled with lots of sweet hearty edibles.
Strawberry Cheesecake,
Cranberry Heart Scones,
Kahlua Pots,
Lavender Heart Scones and finally, chocolate orange brownies. The truth is these sweet, pretty and elegant delights tend to enthuse and excite me, rather than D. He is just happy to eat - whether it is heart shaped or not.
Excluding the shapely figures which are purely for my entertainment, this morning I thought I’d make something that would appeal to him, as well as make him smile as he dug his fork in - Tattie (Potato) scones. Shame though, he’s not here to eat them or laugh at them, but I think he might be a little grateful of that.

I spoke with him on the phone earlier. I always ask him what he has eaten? His response ‘potato this, potato that’. It sounded like he was getting fed up of potato based meals, so maybe I should’t tease him with my Tattie people. Instead I hope he will note that his little Missy is missing him ♥
For those of you who may not be familiar with Tattie Scones. Let me tell you that no Scottish breakfast would be complete without some Tattie Scones. Tattie scones are made with mashed potatoes. They are cooked in a wide pan, and tend to be flat, golden brown pancakes in the shape of a triangle. I’ve always known Tattie Scones as 'potato scones', but recently learned that they are also known as 'fadge' or 'potato bread' in parts of Ireland.

Tattie scones are traditionally served with a Lorne Sausage, black pudding, bacon, egg, griddled tomato and/or mushrooms. Well we, meaning me and my nephew didn’t go down that road, we just had them with a fried egg and beans.

There are so many Scottish recipes for Tattie Scones, but I am fond of this one for many reasons. First it was given to me by a Scottish friend many years ago. Secondly, its so easy to make and thirdly, I always seem to have the right amount of left over cold mash to make this.

Tattie (Potato) Scones
Serves 2
I generous teaspoon of salted butter
160g mashed potato, cold
50g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
Pinch of salt
1 - 2 tablespoon oil for shallow frying
Blend the butter into the mashed potatoes, then add the flour and salt. Stir continuously preferably with a wooden spoon until smooth dough like consistency is achieved.
Gently roll out the soft dough on a floured surface into a rough circle and about 6mm thick. Using a palette knife gently cut through the dough, first downwards as if you cutting in half and then horizontally, so that you have four triangles.
In a wide frying pan, heat the oil. Carefully transfer the rolled out dough pieces into the hot oil. After a minute or so, flip over and cook the other side until golden brown in places. Enjoy immediately. These are best eaten on the day, but can be reheated in the oven.


  1. Will he be home for Monday??? What dish will you make for his delectation?
    I sympathise with you on the issue of the commercialisation of Valentine's Day. We deliberately got engaged on 21 Feb - a week after Feb14th, just to show that we could rise above the tackiness!

  2. There are many other names for tattie scones, I love adding some grated cheddar cheese to a potato scones and serving them with a nice bowl of soup.
    Lovely post ♥

  3. The Tattie scones look and sound lovely!

  4. Did I miss the link to the recipe?
    They sound great. I like the people shapes too!

  5. thanks for sharing, feeling lots of love from all the heart shaped bakes! and your scones are too pretty, I can't bear to tear them into pieces by munching on them!

  6. very cute - we are not big on valentines day but I love a bit of heart in cooking too - and I love tattie scones - now you make me want some with just some simple baked beans

  7. I think that your tattie scone are so sweet!

    Happy Valentine, and I have another giveaway on my blog, if you are interested :-)



  8. Aww your tatty people are so cute!

  9. Hi Mark Willis.
    You may know, but my father in law passed away in October, since then my husband has been travelling up and down the country to be wit his mum. So that is where he is right now. He didn't book a return ticket..I will be speaking to him later to learn of his plans to return :) Thank you so much for asking though.
    This time, my nephew is with me for the whole week. We have planned upon his uncles return we will have paella made with the vegan chorizo sausages. It will be interesting for me, as i've never made paella and I don't have a paella pan.
    I think many more people are turning their backs on the commercialisation of events, after Valentine's Day it will be Easter. Anyway, so you engagement anniverdsary is a week away, so do you have anything 'spicy' planned for your Mrs? :)

    Thank you so much Ana Powell.
    I do like the ideas of adding some grated cheddar cheese to a potato scones and serving them with a nice bowl of soup. I may just have to do that next time - just for fun ♥

    Thank you Theanne.
    They really were tasty.

    Thank you so much Cabbage Tree Farm.
    I forgot to include the recipe. Just up-dated the blog entry!

  10. Your so welcome Jean.
    And Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Your right its hard biting into them, but it must be done :)

    Thanks Johanna GGG.

    Thank you Alessandra.
    Happy Valentine to you too. Thank you for letting me know about your giveaway :-)

    Thanks Sooz.

  11. What great recipes..thanks for sharing them. lovely photos.. :o)

  12. hmmmm yum. I love these scones so much. I like them cooked in butter though (oh my poor little heart but they taste so good), and then I fry my egg in the pan with them so that bit of the egg gets on the scone.
    Oh hungry now :0)
    Losing a parent and then wanting to look after the parent who is left is so hard. Hope you are both managing.

  13. Hi Plummy Mummy.
    OOoh I have to say it all sounds yummy - a little bit of a guilty pleasure of mine too, sounds like yours too :)
    Thank you so much for your kind words.

  14. Tattie scones are a new one on me. But that's one of the reasons I love popping over here - I always learn something new!

    Hope you and nephew enjoy your paella. It's one of my favorite dishes. I too do not have a paella pan, but have enjoyed the renditions I've made without one.


  15. Thank you Eggy.
    I'm so pleased.
    I m encouraged to note that you've made good paella without a paella pan.

  16. Awww, not only cute but delicious too!

  17. I love your blog! Wonderful photos and great ideas!
    Thank you for visiting me!

  18. Thank you for repaying the compliment Rosemary.

  19. This sounds a lot like my grandmother's recipe. She always made them on the griddle. We knew we were in for an extra treat when there were leftover twice-baked potatoes!

    P.S. re: The 39 Steps; I know there's a region 2 DVD in print if you can't watch it online. I've rented it previously from my library and from Netflix, so it's not too difficult to locate. Hope you get a chance to see it!

  20. Thanks Lauren.
    I'm not surprised that it sounds like your grandmothers recipe :) as this was given to me by a Scottish friend through and through.

    I will look out for the DVD, sometimes your able to find Box Set DVD's for a reasonable price.


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