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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

How to:

  1. Put grated squeezed potatoes, flour,  egg, salt and pepper into a bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Boxty should be golden brown when cooked.
  5. Serve hot.

Serving suggestions

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!

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