Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake from County Mayo and all other northern countries of Ireland.
In Irish it is called Bacstai or Aran bocht-ti meaning "poor-house bread".
In fact the boxty is made from very simple ingredients: finely grated, raw potatoes, flour, baking soda, milk or buttermilk and sometime eggs.
A good boxty must have smooth and fine grained consistency.
Did you know?
Boxty is a dish that has deep roots in the Irish traditional culture and it has inspired folk rhymes, the most famous is:
Boxty on the griddle,
boxty on the pan,
If you can't bake boxty
sure you'll never get a man.
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Serves: 1 9" pie (8 servings)
Potatoes, weighted after peeling : 750 g
Self-raising flour : 350 g
Butter, melted : 60 g
Baking powder : 1 teaspoon
Salt and white pepper
1 Divide the potatoes in half and boil one half in salted water until cooked.
2 Grate the remaining half into a clean tea towel and wring out the liquid.
3 Drain the boiled potatoes and mash them.
4 Mix the grated and mashed potatoes together and add the flour and baking powder.
5 Melt the butter, stir in and mix to a soft dough, adding milk or buttermilk.
6 Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
7 Place the dough on a floured surface and knead gently.
8 Shape into four flat, round cakes and mark each with a cross.
9 Brush with little milk to glaze and place on a greased baking tin.
10 Bake for 25/30 minutes or until well risen and golden brown.
11 Divide the boxty into "farls" along the cross.
12 Serve warm and buttered.
The boxty can be cooked on a griddle, cooking each side for 15 minutes