Bacstaí or boxty is a quick and easy Irish potato pancake. Also called grated cakes or farls.
To make these you willl need -
- 50g plain flour
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and grated onto a tea towel and the liquid squeezed out
- 1 egg, beaten
- Salt and pepper
- Oil for frying
- Put grated squeezed potatoes, flour, egg, salt and pepper into a bowl.
- Mix well, until all ingredients are blended together. Use as soon as mixture is mixed, do not allow to stand as the mixture can discolour.
- Heat a little oil on a frying pan, when hot drop spoonfuls of mixture onto pan and fry for about 3 to 4 minutes, then turn and repeat on the other side.
- Boxty should be golden brown when cooked.
- Serve hot.
Very good with a fried breakfast or all posh with poached eggs and smoked salmon!
Whats in a name
Boxty is corrupt gaelic, possibly from the Irish arán bocht tí meaning "poor-house bread" or bácús meaning "bakehouse".
In early Scots fardell meant a fourth or quarter - this was corrupted to Farl.
Grated Cakes - speaks for itself as you grate the potatoes. Is also what my father called them. Even more confusingly they were also served with green tails - spring onions to you and me!