Basics and sides

Tattie scones

Tattie scones, or ‘Lancashire potato cakes,’ are a delightful way of using up leftover mashed potato. I used to have these at home where my mother would always pair them with omelette. I recall that it was not uncommon for our family to have omelette and tattle scones for dinner, which is very strange, as the dish is far better as a quick breakfast.

Making tattle scones is simplicity itself. You mix leftover, cold mashed potato with flour in a bowl at a ratio of 100g potato to 1 tbsp of flour. If the original mashed potato was done properly, then there is no need to add butter or seasoning. 100g of mash ought to have included at least 10g of butter. If it didn’t, then you will need to add softened butter to your potato cake mix.

The mix is then rolled out, cut, and carefully lifted into a skillet greased with hot fat.

Tattie scones

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Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 10 mins


  • 400g leftover, cold mashed potato made with plenty of butter
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil
  • 20g butter



Mix the potato and flour in a bowl until combined. Roll out to about 0.5cm thick, and cut into rounds. Recombine the scraps, roll and cut until you have used up all the mix.


Heat the oil and butter in a pan until nice and hot. Fry the scones on a medium heat until golden. Flip them, do the other side and serve.

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  • Reply
    14/12/2019 at 11:25 pm

    as potato patties/cakes they’re great ,however tattie scones they are not and are not the same thing. Lancashire cakes often have thin leek or greentail..chopped streaky (smoked )bacon pieces.. made that often as was shown by inlaws in horwich.

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    J R R Tomlin
    02/11/2021 at 5:58 pm

    Not a bad recipe for potato cakes but definitely NOT tattie scones.

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      Nigel Eastmond
      02/11/2021 at 9:00 pm

      Do you have a recipe for the real deal?

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      28/11/2023 at 9:38 am

      Not a tattie scone at all and if you’re so bothered about doing things right don’t mix grammes and tbsp in a recipe !?!

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        Nigel Eastmond
        28/11/2023 at 9:46 am

        Mixing volume and weight makes a tonne of sense for speed. As to the recipe, does anyone have the real deal as mentioned above?

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    28/11/2021 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you! This is a great way to change up leftover mashed potatoes!

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    22/09/2022 at 12:10 am

    Thanks! I’m going to try it.

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