Scottish Tattie Scones

Scottish Tattie Scone Recipe
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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 depending on size
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
224 Calories
10g Fat
25g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 6 depending on size
Amount per serving
Calories 224
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Sodium 606mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 8g
Calcium 113mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

No Scottish breakfast would be complete without Tattie scones—Tattie being a familiar term for potatoes. Tattie scones are sometimes called potato scones and you may also hear them called fadge or potato bread in Ireland.

There are many Scottish recipes for Tattie scones, but this is a favorite. Some argue that Tattie scones should not include egg, but adding the egg helps to glue the potatoes together and makes for a lighter scone. To add one or not is your call.

These are quick and easy to make and are a clever way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.


  • 1 lb. / 500 g potatoes (cooked and mashed)
  • 1 oz. / 30 g butter ( melted plus extra for greasing)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 oz. / 125 g flour (plus a little extra for rolling out)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 395 F / 200 C / Gas 6.

  3. Place the mashed potato in a large baking bowl and add all the other ingredients to form a sticky dough.

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  4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to approximately 1/2-inch thickness.

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  5. Cut into saucer-sized rounds then score a cross into the dough to mark 4 equal wedges.

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  6. Grease a baking sheet with butter and bake the scones for 15 minutes until golden brown and risen.

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  7. The scones can also be cooked on the stove top on a griddle or heavy-based frying pan. Cook the scones 5 minutes on either side until golden and risen

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  8. Serve with butter and eat warm.

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  9. Enjoy!


When making your mash (or using leftover mash) you will want a mashed potato made from starchy potatoes. The waxy varieties will create, at the best, a waxy mash and the worst, be lumpy. The best varieties for your mash is a traditional Maris Piper or King Edward. If you don't have access to those, try using russet potatoes. Always check that the variety you buy is suitable for mashing.