School: Boston (roll number 10212)

Bostoncommon, Co. Kildare
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0777, Page 173

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raw potatoes mixed with flour. The potato cake was made of boiled potatoes also mixed with flour. The oaten meal was steeped over night and on the next day before being made more water was put on it if required. When done is was about three quarters of an inch thick and very hard. The bread was made, once in the week except in a big farmer's house where the bread had to be made every day to provide the working men with food.
Crosses were put on top of the cake to prevent it from cracking. The potato cake was cut in squares and very large cakes were cut in quarters so as to have them well baked in the middle. In very olden times the bread was cooked on a round flat stone which was heated with red hot coals first. Then the griddle came into use, and the bread was baked over the fire. Then the metal baker came and we have it to the present day. A flour cake was made at Christmas

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May Corcoran
Bostoncommon, Co. Kildare