Can you eat potato scones without cooking them?

In this brief blog, we will answer the question,” Can you eat potato scones without cooking them?” We will explain how to make potato scones as well as how to serve them. We will briefly discuss how to store potato scones.

Can you eat potato scones without cooking them?

Yes, you can eat potato scones without cooking them. Potato scones also known as tattie scones in Scotland or Potato farls (Potato bread)  in Ireland are a beloved breakfast snack but can also be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. Tattie actually means potato and is a word that is commonly used in Scotland.

How do you make potato scones?

Potato scones are easy to make and just require three simple ingredients; butter, flour and of course the potatoes. For the potatoes, the starchy and floury potatoes are the best. This is because they have a fluffy and dry texture that makes them easy to mash and form into a dough.

 Some good varieties of starchy potatoes are Idaho, russet, maris piper, desiree, king edward and dutch cream, avoid waxy potatoes at all costs.For the flour you can use all purpose flour and have your butter at room temperature so that it can easily mix. To make your potato scones dairy free if you are lactose intolerant, you can use a dairy free spread or oil.

Now let’s take a look at a 6 step-wise guide to make your potato scones:

Step 1: Prepare, cook, drain and mash your potatoes

Peel your potatoes to remove the skin and cut your potatoes in halves so that they make for a nice and even cook. Boil your potatoes to soften them and once they are boiled, allow them to air dry for some time. This is to ensure that you remove more moisture out of them.

Proceed to mash your potatoes. During mashing, you can throw in a pinch of salt to add some flavor. A 1/2 tsp should be more than enough but you can add less, or moren as per your palate. If you are making the potato scones for a baby you can skip the salt altogether.

Step 2: Let the mashed potatoes cool down

Cooled mashed potatoes taste better although some recipes recommend hot potatoes. Hot potatoes tend to have a gloopier texture. 

Step 3: Mix the mashed potatoes, flour and butter together

Mix all the mashed potatoes, flour and butter together using your hands until you form a nice and soft dough. At the initial stages, it may seem dry and uneven but if you keep mixing it will eventually become a soft dough.

Step 4: Split the dough into 3 balls and roll the balls into circles

The amount of dough and potatoes used dictate the amount of balls you can split from your dough. You can split your dough into 3 balls and roll into 5 mm thick circles or slightly less.

Step 5: Prick with a fork and cut into squares

Proceed to prick your 3 circles all over with a fork. After this, ensure that you preheat your skillet first on high heat and then on medium before putting them on.

Step 6: Cook

Ensure that you use a hot and dry skillet rather than frying in your potato scones in butter. This is to prevent the smell of burnt butter on your potato scones if you are doing multiple scones. 

Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side depending on the thickness. Cook until they form a golden crisp on the outside and are soft on the inside.

How can you serve potato scones?

Potato scones are usually served as part of a full Scottish breakfast but they have a soft texture and bland flavor which makes them versatile to be used as an accompaniment. You can try them out with:

  • Soup and curry- They are amazing for dipping with both
  • Soft Boiled Eggs / Fried Eggs . You can cut into strips and use to dip
  • You can top your potato scones with some spreads such as butter and/or jam.
  • You can top them with smoked salmon

How do you store potato scones?

If you have any leftover potato scones, do not worry. They usually freeze well and can be consumed later. Place them on a tray in a single file so that they do  not end up sticking together. 

Then put them in a freezer bag or airtight container so that they can be frozen for long. You can freeze your potato scones for upto 2 months.

Whenever you want to eat them, you can prepare them directly from the freezer by pan frying or heating on the skillet.

Other FAQs about Potatoes that you may be interested in.

Can you boil agria potatoes

Can you bake a white potato

Can you bake a potato at 200 degrees Fahrenheit


In this brief blog, we have answered the question,” Can you eat potato scones without cooking them?” We have explained how to make potato scones as well as how to serve them. We have briefly discussed how to store potato scones.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.