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The Blake & Bull Frying Pan - Perfect for an Ulster Fry or Any fry!

Helen sent us in a great snap of her yummy Ulster Fry cooking in her new Blake & Bull Spun Iron 12" Frying Pan.

This fantastic iron frying pan, with a sturdy riveted handle, by Netherton Foundry has a great rustic feel to it. Pre-seasoned with flax oil for a traditional and natural non-stick finish. The handmade British oak handle is held in place with two brass fixings. Helen loved it!..and we think that it looks right at home on her standard cooker. 

"Traditional Ulster Fry never tasted better than when it was cooked in the new spun iron pan on my recently installed solid fuel range cooker, I love it" ★★★★★

Helen's feedback got me thinking, let us start an exploration into all the Great British Breakfast recipes! With our tummies rumbling in Blake & Bull HQ, we wondered what makes an Ulster Fry an 'Ulster' one, and a 'Full English' just that?


With my mouth watering, my research took me here, to a delicious recipe for the Ultimate Ulster Fry. Our Cast Iron pan retains heat really well, cooking food evenly, preventing hot spots and charred food. Therefore Helen has made the perfect choice in which to cook the Potato Farlsthat define the Ulster Fry! 

Here is the recipe


It is so simple, and uses leftover mash! If you ever have leftovers that is, I have a growing boy who eats every last morsel of buttery mash, but I would make extra for this! 

  • Melt your butter slowly and evenly, pop into the cold mash potato.
  • Add your sieved flour and salt. Knead together until it is a smooth dough.
  • Dust your work surface, slice your 'dough' in two, and roll into rough circles.
  • Traditionally these patties are cut into quarters and then fried in butter until toasty brown! 

What's next? Laverbread from the 'Full Welsh' or the 'Lorne Sausage' that completes the Scottish meal? 

How do you do your breakfast? ...

..I always toast up a pan or tray of Cavalo Nero kale done this way. That and a can of posh plum tomatoes (The Times GIves these 5 stars) strongly peppered on a thick slice of toast and my dish is complete! 

Don't forget to check out our cast iron re-seasoning tips here... 


Katy Boys

Katy Boys

Katy is a rural girl at heart. She loves long walks, home cooking, paddling in rivers, warm fires and socks and stomping in leaves with her children. After studying ‘drawing stuff’ at university in Bath, Katy spent 10 years selling wares and managing folk at Habitat in Bath. Welcoming children into her world prompted her to return to drawing things, people and places from home. This led her to us at Blake & Bull and the rest is history. She draws our stuff, provides cuddles for the office dog, and is here to chat to you lovely lot.