It’s a bank holiday weekend here in Ireland and that means 3 days of more relaxed mornings. Unfortunately, though typically, the weather has taken a turn for the worse so any grand plans we had to fire up the BBQ have become plans to cook burgers on the griddle pan and opening the windows wide so we can pretend we are eating al fresco!

potato pancakes with poached eggs and bacon
Potato Pancakes

This weekend I really wanted to revisit an old favourite from my childhood. My granny used to make potato bread when we’d visit along with pancakes and pies. Almost all of my memories of her involve the kitchen and her flour dusted apron. Unfortunately though I never got around to asking her for her recipe. I followed a Darina Allen recipe instead but substituting buckwheat flour and oil in place of the wheat flour and butter to make this gluten free, dairy free version.

I’m not quite sure if it was because my potatoes were pretty wet to start with or the substitution I made but these were more like potato pancakes than potato farls so I think I’ll have to try it again some time! They did taste pretty nice with some bacon and a poached egg though, try them this weekend – it’s a great way to use up leftover potato.

Ingredients for Potato Pancakes

600g of Cooked Potato
1 Egg
2 Heaped Tablespoons of Buckwheat Flour (or Plain Flour)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (or Butter)
Salt and Pepper to season
Olive oil to fry


In a large bowl, mash the leftover potatoes until they are smooth. You could use a food processor if you want to ensure a lump free consistency but it’s not necessary.

Beat the egg and add to the mix with the olive oil and flour. Season with plenty of salt and pepper.

Heat some oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Using a large serving spoon or similar, spoon out some of the mix into the pan. Fry on each side for 4-5 mins until golden brown.

Top with a runny poached egg and some nice crispy bacon and enjoy with a cup of coffee.

potato pancakes

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