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Scottish potato scones

22 August 2019

Potato scones (or 'tattie scones') are griddle scones made with potatoes and are a popular component of the full Scottish breakfast with eggs, bacon and lorne sausage, but can also be served with jam and tea.

Scottish potato scones
Scottish potato griddle scones, image © Catherine Benson

Preparation time

30 minutes

Cooking time

10-15 minutes




  • 500g white potatoes (Maris Piper work well)
  • 50g salted butter, plus 10g for frying*
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

* Dairy-free/vegan version: use vegetable spread such as Vitalite, Flora, Pure or Naturli.


1. Peel and chop the potatoes and boil until soft.

2. Mash the potatoes with the butter and salt.

3. In a bowl combine the flour and baking powder and add the mash. Using your hands combine it all together to form a dough.

4. On a well-floured board roll out the dough to the thickness of a pound coin.

5. Use a large side plate as a template and cut out circles.

6. Score each circle into quarters (but keep as a whole).

7. Heat a large frying pan and add a small knob of butter. Once melted, lightly fry each circle on a medium heat, turning half way through.

8. Once cooked, separate the quarters and serve with topping of choice – we recommend black pudding or lorne sausage and egg for a Scottish breakfast, spinach and egg for a vegetarian breakfast or spinach and tofu scramble for a vegan breakfast.

Our thanks to Seasonal Spuds for this recipe

What goes into a traditional Scottish breakfast?

A proper Scottish fry-up can vary from location to location, but generally consists of:

  • Square lorne sausage
  • Bacon
  • Sausages
  • Fried egg
  • Baked beans
  • Black pudding
  • Haggis
  • Potato scones
  • Fried tomatoes
  • Fried mushrooms
  • Toast

For more delicious ways to start the day visit our breakfast and brunch recipe section


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