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Irish Potato Bread (Caribbean style)

Fluffy on the inside with a crispy coating these fusion inspired sweet potato bread/farls are perfect for St Patrick's Day or any time of the year.
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean, Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 165kcal
Author Charla


  • 2 small red skinned sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup of brown rice flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp of dairy free butter
  • a splash of almond milk
  • 5 sprigs of thyme carefully pull off the tiny leaves, discard the stem
  • 3 small scallion chopped finely
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • tsp pink salt
  • dairy free butter to grease the frying pan
  • extra brown rice flour for dusting


  • Bring the sweet potato to the boil then reduce heat.
  • Simmer the potatoes on medium heat til tender. Make sure to prick with a fork to determine its readiness.
  • Once cooked, drain off the excess water and allow the potato to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, add the thyme, scallion, black pepper, pink salt, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, butter and a splash of almond milk and set aside
  • Use a potato masher to crush the potatoes, as the potato breaks down the skin should come away. Simply discard and continue to mash the potato until it is completely smooth and lump free.
  • Add the potato to the condiment bowl and knead the mixture lightly. The dough should be slightly sticky but firm enough to roll.
  • Transfer the dough onto a large piece of parchment paper dusted with brown rice flour.
  • Proceed to roll out the dough with a roll pin into to a circle that is ¼ inch thick. If you are unable to roll the dough into a circle, use a baking tin or template disc and place over the dough and press down to create a circle.
  • Use knife or pizza cutter to cut into four quarter. Any left over dough can be shaped into patties.
  • On medium heat, grease a large frying pan with dairy free butter work in batches and add the quarters to the pan. Cook each side for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown, flip and cook the other side.
  • Dust with flour and serve.


  • The size of the sweet potato will vary, you can either use 2 small one or 1 medium sized potato. The pictures should give you a rough idea of the size needed.
  • If the dough is too sticky, don't be afraid to add a small amount of flour. The principle applies if the dough is too drying, add a splash of water. Don't go overboard with either ingredient. Use your own Judgement.
  • Make sure to use a decent amount of butter each time you are making another potato bread.
  • A non stick frying pan makes all the difference. I highly recommend using one!!
  • Boiling the sweet potato in it's peel is completely optional. I did this a preference but feel free to remove the peel prior to cooking.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 9371IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg