Woodfired Potato Farl
Woodfired Potato Farl – an Irish potato bread and a great accompaniment for breakfasts or brunch which is how we enjoy ours. We play a game with an Irish friend when we say what we can’t imagine life without – we say bread and he says potatoes (yes I know, we make our own entertainment…). Well here’s the perfect combination of the two and a great way of using up some leftover mashed potatoes.
It’s on our youtube channel here
Makes 8 farls
Woodfired Potato Farl – Ingredients
450g cooked and mashed floury potatoes
50g butter, softened
100g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
¼ tsp baking powder
Salt and black pepper
Extra butter, for cooking
Woodfired Potato Farl – Oven set up
Between 250°C and 275°C
Woodfired Potato Farl – Method
- Add the butter to the mashed potatoes, season well and mix until smooth.
- Sift the flour with the baking powder over the potato mix and combine well – this is easiest to do with your hands. Taste for seasoning and adjust, if required.
- The mixture should make a smooth dough. You can add more flour if the mixture is too wet and a little milk if it is too dry.
- Divide the dough into two halves. Form one piece into a ball, then pat it out on a floured surface into a rough circle with a diameter of about 15 cm/6” and a thickness of 2cm/1″.
- Pop a shallow frying pan into the oven and warm it through. Add a little butter and use a brush to spread it round the pan. Transfer the first circle of dough into the pan. Use a dough scraper to mark four quarters into the dough but don’t cut all the way through.
- Cook for around 5 minutes in the oven with the door off until the farls are golden brown on the base. Flip the farl over and cook on the other side for another 5 minutes or so. Remove to a warm plate.
- Repeat the process with the other half of the dough mix.
- These are great for breakfasts or brunches so serve with some roast tomatoes, crispy bacon, fried eggs – all done in the wood fired oven of course! Also delicious as a supper dish with some Boston baked beans and slow roast pork.
Woodfired Potato Farl – Alternatives
- Mix some chopped fresh herbs into the mashed potatoes.
- Add some grated cheese to the second side for some grilled cheese on the top.
- Make mini versions – great for individual portions or for supper parties
- Add some sour cream and smoked fish – salmon, trout or eel – for a lovely alternative brunch dish
- Add some roast tomatoes, leave out the bacon and black pudding, for a great vegetarian version, with some sautéed mushrooms on the side.
The recipe is also in our Woodfired Flatbreads & P:ancakes, now an ebook as well as in hardback –