One tablespoon-ful of milk.
Half an ounce of butter.
Salt and pepper.
See that the potatoes are well dried, otherwise it is impossible to make a nice dish. Then either mash them smoothly with a fork or rub them through a sieve.
Melt the butter in a saucepan, put in the potatoes, milk, and a seasoning of salt and pepper. Stir the mixture over the fire until it is hot through, then beat it well with a fork; this makes it light and creamy. Pile up in a hot dish, and mark prettily with a fork.
The potatoes are then ready to serve, but if liked, brown the top, either in the oven or before a clear fire.