how to make boxty
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How to make boxty

It’s a traditional Irish staple, and it is completely delicious and versatile too. If you don’t know how to make boxty, you’re missing out!


  • 1kg floury potatoes
  • 300ml buttermilk
  • 150g plain flour
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Splash of milk
  • Butter, for frying and serving


1. Grate the potatoes into a mixing bowl.

2. Wrap the grated potato in a clean tea towel or some muslin and squeeze very well, removing as much liquid as possible.

3. Place the grated potato in a large mixing bowl and pour over the buttermilk.

4. Add the flour, sugar and salt.

5. Stir to combine into a thick batter.

6. In a jug, mix the bicarbonate of soda with a splash of milk.

7. Stir the mik into the potato mixture.

8. Melt a knob of butter in a heavy frying pan over a medium heat. Add some of the mixture and flatten into a ½cm-thick round.

9. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Keep warm in a low oven while you repeat with the remaining boxty.

Serve the boxty with butter, fried eggs and/or crispy bacon.

How to make boxty in the oven
  • For boxty in the oven, make up the same batter as outlined above.
  • Pour into a 900g loaf tin and bake at 200˚C/180˚C fan/gas mark 6 for one hour or until golden on top and firm to the touch.
  • Allow to cool, then slice as desired and fry in a little butter.

Per small pancake 207kcals, 4.8g fat (2.2g saturated), 36g carbs, 3.5g sugars, 5.4g protein, 3.5g fibre, 0.408g sodium

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