Irish Potato Pancakes

Lazy Home Cook
by Lazy Home Cook
3 Pancakes
30 min

These Irish potato pancakes are cooked in a hot skillet and turn deliciously soft from the inside.

It’s an easy and authentic Irish farls recipe that’s made with only a couple of ingredients like mashed potatoes. So if you have any mashed potatoes from the evening before, this will be your dish to cook in the morning!

Irish farls can be served as breakfast with, for example, fried tomatoes, bacon, sausages and fried eggs. But please don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to just breakfast, because they make a perfect snack too.

The word farl originates from the Gaelic word fardel meaning four parts.

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Recipe details
  • 3  Pancakes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 500 gr, about 5 medium size potatoes, cubed
  • 100 gr (½ cup) wheat flour
  • 30 gr (2,5 tbsp) butter, room temperature
  • ¼ tsp capsicum powder (optional)
  • salt/pepper

Bring potatoes to a boil over high heat. Simmer on medium-high heat until cooked through. Drain and allow to completely dry out over remaining heat (steam dry for a couple of seconds).
Mash with a potato masher until smooth. Stir in butter, sieved flour, capsicum powder and season with salt/pepper. Add more of the spices if desired.
Knead until smooth and divide dough into 3 parts (dough will remain a bit sticky). Cover the surface with a baking sheet and use a (floured) rolling pin to flatten each part into a pancake about 20 cm diameter. You can also put another baking sheet on top of the pancake, so that the dough doesn't stick to the rolling pin.
Heat a skillet, without oil, over low/medium heat and cook the farls until nicely browned, about 2-3 min (you can use the baking sheet to transfer the farls into the skillet, because the dough could be too sticky to handle).
Then flip the farl and cook for another 2-3 min. Lower the heat if they brown too quickly.
Serve hot.
  • Ros22500006 Ros22500006 on Sep 10, 2021

    Yes 🙌 will . What is capsicum powder

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    • Aggie Aggie on Sep 28, 2023

      I think she means capsaicin powder. It's ground cayenne pepper.

  • Millie Millie on Sep 28, 2021

    I make these with leftover mashed potatoes. I do add a little onion and a little flour on the outside to prevent them from being so sticky. I eat these anytime of the day, they are so good.

    • Lazy Home Cook Lazy Home Cook on Sep 29, 2021

      Hi Millie,

      Great to hear that you like these pancakes too!

      Have a great Wednesday,