Fadge (Potato Bread) Recipe

(From "The Festive Food of Ireland" by Darina Allen. Roberts Rhinehart; $12.95)

Step 1

Boil the potatoes in their jackets, pull off the skins and mash straight away.

Step 2

Add the egg, butter, flour and herbs (if using) and mix well. Season with plenty of salt and pepper, adding a few drops of creamy milk if the mixture is too stiff.

Step 3

Shape into a 1" round and then cut into eight pieces. Dip in seasoned flour.

Step 4

Bake on a griddle over an open fire or fry in bacon fat or melted butter on a gentle heat. Cook the fadge until crusty and golden on one side, then flip over and cook on the other side (about 4-5 minutes on each side).

Step 5

Serve on its own on hot plates with a blob of butter melting on top.

Things You'll Need

  • 2lb Unpeeled "old" potatoes
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 Stick butter
  • 3tb Flour
  • 1 1/2tb Chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2tb Chopped chives
  • 1 1/2tb Chopped lemon thyme
  • -(these three mixed, opt)
  • Creamy milk
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Seasoned flour
  • Bacon fat or butter for
  • -frying

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