Top o' the mornin' to ya, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon water
1 teaspoon margarine
1/8 cup + 1 Tablespoon milk
1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon instant potato flakes
1/8 cup butter or hard margarine melted
3/4-1 cup milk
1/2 cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400*F.
In small saucepan heat water and the teaspoon of margarine. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in first amount of milk and potato flakes with a fork. Don't over stir.
Mix together flour and baking powder. Stir in cooled mashed potatoes (those you've made from instant flakes OR 1 cup leftover, cold mashed potatoes). Moisten with second amount of milk* and melted butter to form a soft dough. *Start with 3/4 cup; if dough is very stiff, add up to 1/4 more milk.
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead dough lightly, then divide into 8 pieces. Roll pieces into strips, and shape into knots. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with a little milk, and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden and cooked through.
Serve warm with butter.
Yield: 8 large scones.