School: Liatra (roll number 13341)

Location:
Lettera, Co. Galway
Teacher:
Seán Mac Sheoin

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Bread-Making in Olden Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0013, Page 115

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Oatcake and potato cake were the most usual bread in olden times Boxty was eaten in certain days.
To make an oaten cake a few plates of oaten meal were thrown into a basin. Some people wet it with lukewarm water and others with skimmed milk. A small grain of soda is added and the contents of the basin is well mixed and pressed till a hard, low, flat cake is formed. It is then baked on a griddle on the hearth. It can also be left again the kettle or again a stool places on its side before the fire.
To make boxty potatoes were washed and peeled. They were then scraped into a basin. The scraper was usually made out of a cocoa or treacle tin which was flattened out in a rectangular shape and was bored all over with a nail. The rough side was then used for scraping. It was bailed to a board with a hole at the top for the fingers to go through and the potato was scraped by rubbing it on

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