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How to make Potato bread (Irish Fadge)

December 20, 2012
Author: Grainne McCloskey

There are always a few leftover cooked potatoes at Christmas and New Year, so here’s another recipe to help you use them all up.

picture of Irish potato bread

Potato Bread

Anyone with Irish connections will have heard of potato bread or as some would say “Fadge”. It’s really easy to make and lovely as part of a cooked breakfast.


Serves 3-4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins


  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 cup of white flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Knob of butter


Boil potatoes and then mash them with salt and butter (or add butter to yesterdays warmed up mash)

Knead in a cup of flour to make a soft pliable dough

Flour your hands and the work surface to stop them getting sticky

Divide into two dough balls and roll out to form two 10 inch circles about 1cm or 1/3 of an inch thick

Cut circles into quarters

Fry in butter until lightly browned on both sides – they will have a patchy brown and cream look.

Note: you can use sunflower oil or alternatives to butter.

Serve straight away with a cooked breakfast or store in the fridge, toast and serve with butter and cheese or jam.

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