This week brings news that a group in Cavan are planning on applying to have boxty awarded a Protected Designation Of Origin (PDO) status in the EU. The last Irish delicacy to be awarded this status was the Waterford Blaa. What is boxty and what makes it so special?

The Irish name for boxty is “arán bocht tí” which literally translated means “poorhouse bread”. Boxty is more a pancake than a bread although there is a flour and raising agent used, it is rarely baked in the oven and the mixture is normally fried in the pan to pancake thickness.

As our photograph suggests, boxty is made primarily with potatoes and not flour. There are 2 types of potato used in the batter, both cooked and mashed potato and finely grated raw potato.  A classic boxty recipe contains buttermilk and bread soda, as opposed to milk and baking powder.

Equal measures each of mashed potato, grated potato and plain flour with a teaspoon of bread soda are mixed together then loosened a little with a good splash of buttermilk and a pinch of salt.  The boxty is then fried on a hot pan until golden brown on both sides.

We like our boxty with a lightly poached egg and crispy bacon on the side. How do you like yours?

photo credit: libraryman via photopin cc

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