St. Patrick's Day Recipe: How to make easy and delicious potato bread!

 St. Patrick's Day Recipe Potato Bread (Farls)

Start your St. Patrick’s Day off right with a hearty breakfast! 

St. Patrick’s Day has turned into a day of wearing green and having fun celebrating Irish history, culture, and heritage. Everybody has their own ways of celebrating this fun holiday, our favourite is by cooking up an Irish-inspired meal! Having a hearty breakfast is an important way to start off your day - what better than to make an Irish breakfast! Bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, and of course, potato bread! Keep reading below for the easiest potato bread recipe - best part, you can use your extra mash potatoes from dinner! 

Whether you're looking for a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast side dish or a new Easter or Christmas breakfast staple - potato bread is the perfect side enjoyed along with fresh bacon and eggs. 

John Murphy’s ‘A Little Irish Cookbook’ contains an easy and quick ‘Potato Farls’ recipe - we’ve summed it up below!

Learn how to make delicious potato bread - your new breakfast staple!

Recipe: Mom’s Irish Potato Bread (Potato Farls)

Potato bread recipe ingredients

(Recipe Credited to ‘A Little Irish Cookbook’ by John Murphy)


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes 
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • A dash of salt
  • Bacon fat (for cooking)
  1. Begin by melting the butter and mixing it into the mashed potatoes.* Add the salt as you mix.
  2. Work in the flour quickly but thoroughly while kneading lightly.
    Recipe for Irish Potato Bread add 1 cup of flour to mashed potatoes, butter, and salt
  3. Take the dough and divide into two halves.
    Recipe for Irish Potato Bread - separate the dough into two halves
  4. Roll out each half on a floured board to form a circle (around the size of a large dinner plate).
    Recipe for potato bread - roll out the dough and cut into quarters
  5. Cut the rolled out dough into quarters (farls) and cook for around 3 minutes** on each side in a heavy frying pan and a little bacon fat.***
    Recipe for Irish potato bread - cook each piece in a pan on medium heat

Enjoy your delicious ‘Potato Farls’ this St. Patrick's Day morning!

Pro Tips:

* Make sure to mash potatoes well using a masher or a potato ricer to create smooth mash potatoes (and avoid lumps in the dough, unlike ours!)

** We found that each piece took around 6 minutes on each side in a pan on medium heat. Depending on your heat and stove, this may vary! Cook until golden brown on each side.

*** If you'd prefer a vegetarian version, or didn't make bacon to go with your potato bread, use butter instead of bacon fat to cook the bread!

Recipe for Irish Potato Bread (Potato Farls)

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