Tattie Scones

For Burns Night I try and make one traditional Scottish recipe. This year it was tattie scones. Made with potatoes, my Glaswegian friend told me that they were as good as the ones her Mum made. Now, that is high praise indeed.

Tattie Scones
Tattie Scones
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Load shedding at home between 6pm and 10pm was becoming an issue. And any blackout over the weekend was more than an inconvenience. This resulted in us putting in solar generated power. And really, we have not noticed the lights going off, other than the noise from the shopping centre’s generator. But at work it is becoming a pain in the rear, to put it mildly. Our alarm battery is not charging enough and needed replacing again. And the battery keeping our internet going ran out of juice within 45 minutes. This has meant that I have over an hour without being able to do any online work. Other than being behind in blogging, I have a gazillion tabs open with things I need to attend to. And I am skipping over non urgent emails until I can get onto the internet and follow the links.

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When load shedding starts at 8am I have to be in the office early enough to get the computer work done. And often the power was off the day before at 4pm as well. When this happens it becomes a madhouse at 10am when the electricity is restored. I feel like we are continuously playing catch-up and can relate myself to a dog chasing its tail. Except, there is nothing humorous about this to anyone watching. I like to go home each day with everything under control and we are not achieving that at all. I am so grateful to live in the City of Cape Town where our levels of load shedding are less than anywhere else. But I want to scream at the Government for allowing this awful situation to arise that is costing businesses untold millions in lost revenue. Not to mention the extra expenses needed to keep the lights on!

Tattie Scones


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Tattie Scones

This is traditional Scottish scran
Recipe Category: Side Dish, Vegetarian
Makes enough for: 16 scones
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 500 g baby potatoes
  • 25 g salted butter, plus extra for frying
  • 125 g flour, plus extra for dusting


  • Steam your potatoes with the skin on until completely cooked
  • Mash through a ricer into a bowl, removing the skins
  • Add the butter and mix in completely
  • Add the flour a tablespoon at a time and mix to form a stiff dough
  • Turn out onto a lightly dusted surface and roll into a sausage shape
  • Divide into 4 and shape each piece into a ball
  • Lightly flour each ball and flatten into a disc shape, 5mm thick
  • Prick the top surface with a sharp knife then score a cross into the top, without going all the way through
  • Heat a heavy non stick or cast iron pan over a high temeperature
  • When hot, reduce the temperature to medium-low and dust the pan with flour
  • Place one of the scones into the pan and cook for 4 minutes
  • Turn over and cook the other side for another 4 minutes
  • Remove, set aside on a wire rack and repeat with the remaining scones
  • Once they are all done, cut them into quarters along the score marks
  • Wipe the excess flour from your pan, melt some butter and lightly fry the scones just before serving so that they are warm
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12 thoughts on “Tattie Scones

  1. I do like the look of your tattie scones . . . have always heard of them but never made – and difficult they do not seem to be . . . I may just try ! Compared to your electricity problems ours have been small so far, but with a cold winter knocking on the door we may soon be in a less enviable state . . . . here it is just the daily rising price which is leading to less heating and cooking already . . . . . .

  2. Oh the ectricity situation at your office sounds annoying, to say the least – I hope the government can do something about that so businesses will not waste their time, resources, and money!

    I’ve never heard of /had tattie scones, but I love everything with potatoes, so they look and sound terrific!

  3. this sounds very delish Tandy. I do like a tattie scone. Yuck to the power problems. THat sounds dreadful. I remember we had brown-outs in the 80s; that was bad enough!

  4. HI Tandy, could you not work from home until 10am? Our offices have a huge generator and we have a mixture of solar, gas and a generator at home but the traffic is a killer. I am finding myself becoming quite down hearted about it all. This is no way to live.

    1. Sadly there is no point in working from home given the nature of our company. But at least we have internet during load shedding, which helps a lot 🙂

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