$10 Family Meals Tattie Scones Unbelievably Cheap and Easy.

Family Meals $10 and Under - Single Mum Survival
Family Meals $10 and Under – Single Mum Survival

Scottish Tattie Scones or Potatoe Flat bread is one of the cornerstone recipies that I use regularly and the kids absolutely love it. Versatile and easy to make, they freeze brilliantly and you can cook from scratch, or use left over mash potatoe to make sure you dont waste any food.

Times are unbelievably tough at the moment so I am sharing how I save money on my groceries by cooking cheap easy quick meals that are still filling and use as meny left overs or discarded fridge or pantry food as possible. Feeding four hungry boys on a very tight budget means getting inventive and doing alot of cooking from scratch. Most fortnights I manage to keep my food bill under $250 by simply meal planning and doing simple things like cooking up a big batch of tattie scones instead of using a whole loaf of $3.00 ( on sale ) bread with boring old toast.

Tattie scones usually cost under a dollar to make a batch by using a combination of left over potatoe mash, some fresh mash, self raising flour, butter and a little salt. There are some variations you cam make, and depending on what you add on top, feeding four hungry boys, myself and sometimes a guest aswell all equals out to under $5 and the kids love eating food from their scottish heritage. Added bonus they are stodgy, filling and taste amazing.

At a later stage I will add proper calculations but due to making it so often I have never really measured the ingredients ( honestly its hard to get wrong once you know the consistency you need in the dough )

LEFT OVER MASH POTATOES TATTIE SCONES

Warm your left over mash potatoes so that it is warm ( lukewarm not hot ) to touch.

If it is plain mash potatoes and this is what you prefer, leave it as is. If you want slightly fluffier scones, add a teaspoon of butter, some milk, salt pepper and cheese spread to taste and so the mash is a bit lighter than just plain mashed potatoes. I also like to add some parsley so it looks pretty, but that is optional.

Place your warm mash potatoes onto a decently flour dusted urface ( use self raising flour ) I always start with a cup of flour.

Add three teaspoons of butter or margarine to the pile.

Salt to taste ( usually I add half a teaspoon )

Then add a half cup of SR Flour over the top of the pile.

Using your hands ( it gets a little messy to start with ) gently combine the flour and mash by folding the mash over and turning it on the surface so that the outside is covered with four.

Continue to gently kneed and add SR flour until it is a soft, fluffy dough consistency. It will be slightly slicky but you chould be able to dust it with flour and roll it out without it sticking to the roller or the surface it is on.

Once you are happy with the consistency, divide it onto seperate balls and roll out is your desired shape, either square or round like pitta bread. ( round is easier to start with)

Heat up a pan and either give it a quick spray with oil ( wiping the majority off with papertowel so that it is very lightly oiled ) or wipe the inside of the pan lightly with a oiled papertowel.

Roll out a tattie scone to a thin to moderate thinckness ( this is personal choice – imagine pitta bread when you are starting and work on that thinkness. If you are struggling to pick them up off the surface with a fish flip or by hand you may need to add some more flour to combine the ingredients better, or need thicker dough when rolling out.

Making sure the scone is well dusted, transfer it to a hot pan and dry fry, flipping it over once it is browned on one side.

Remove from the pan once both sides are browned and keep warm in a clean teatowel.

COOKED FROM SCRATCH TATTIE SCONES.

Boil four large or six medium mashed potatoes ( you want to fill a 500ml container with mashed potatoes so think of that )

Mash them once they are cooked and add butter, salt, pepper, cheese spread, milk or how you prefer your mash potoates.

Place your warm mash potatoes onto a decently flour dusted urface ( use self raising flour ) I always start with a cup of flour.

Add three teaspoons of butter or margarine to the pile.

Salt to taste ( usually I add half a teaspoon )

Then add a half cup of SR Flour over the top of the pile.

Using your hands ( it gets a little messy to start with ) gently combine the flour and mash by folding the mash over and turning it on the surface so that the outside is covered with four.

Continue to gently kneed and add SR flour until it is a soft, fluffy dough consistency. It will be slightly slicky but you chould be able to dust it with flour and roll it out without it sticking to the roller or the surface it is on.

Once you are happy with the consistency, divide it onto seperate balls and roll out is your desired shape, either square or round like pitta bread. ( round is easier to start with)

Heat up a pan and either give it a quick spray with oil ( wiping the majority off with papertowel so that it is very lightly oiled ) or wipe the inside of the pan lightly with a oiled papertowel.

Roll out a tattie scone to a thin to moderate thinckness ( this is personal choice – imagine pitta bread when you are starting and work on that thinkness. If you are struggling to pick them up off the surface with a fish flip or by hand you may need to add some more flour to combine the ingredients better, or need thicker dough when rolling out.

Making sure the scone is well dusted, transfer it to a hot pan and dry fry, flipping it over once it is browned on one side.

Remove from the pan once both sides are browned and keep warm in a clean teatowel.

Suggested Uses for Tattie Scones that Create $10 Family Meals

How can you save money using tattie scones instead of store bought items.

  • Use for breakfast as a breakfast scambled eggs taco shell.
  • Cook and use as a side for curry dishes – these are heavy and filling to keep growing boys full and satisfied without blowing a budget on store bought nann bread.
  • Make Large circle ones and actually use for Taco Tuesday replacing wraps and expensive taco soft shells.
  • These are just as tasty cold andcan be used for lunches with vegemite and cheese, folded and half and cooked in the oven like a mini pizza or folded pizza pocket. Be creative with your ingredients.
  • Pizza pocket dough with tomatoe paste, grated cheese and ham or pepperoni for lunches, dinner or school snacks.
  • Cheap filling side dish for hearty stews and soups.
  • Remove the salt, pepper and cheese and you have a tattie scone than can also have sweet toppings such as jams and cream on them.

Tattie scones are what is often referred to as “depression food” meaning that it was created and was very popular when there was depressions, food shortages and economic crisis affecting families. Learn this recipe and save yourself a fortune.

How do you use this cheap easy recipe in your familys kitchen?

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