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hour and a half to bake hard and when it was baked and cold it was then eaten.
People also used Boxty break and potato cake. Two different kinds of Boxty were made. The ingredients used for Boxty known as "boiled Boxty" were raw potatoes salt and boiled mashed potatoes. First of all the potatoes were washed thoroughly and the "eyes" picked out of them. Them they were grated with a grater and the grated potatoes were put in a cloth and the water wrung off them. The boiled mashed potatoes were mixed with the wrung, grated potatoes. Salt was added and then there were little round cakes like buns made of it. It was boiled for an hour in hot water and sometimes was eaten when hot with butter after being boiled. It was also used heated with bacons in a pan when cold and eaten with butter.
Pan-Cake Boxty - Another variety of Boxty known as "pan-cake boxty" was made in a similar way by washing the peeled potatoes thoroughly
One of the favourite foods that the people like is Boxty. They used it three times a day long ago. There was three kinds of Boxty. Boiled, Fried and pancake boxty. The old fashioned boxty that the people used was the fried boxty. They first washed the raw potatoes. Than they peeled them and grated them with an article called a grater. It is a tin article with holes sticking through it in order to make it rough to grate the potatoes. They mix some flour and some boiled potatoes through it. Then they mix it up and they cut it into squares.The boiled boxty was made much the same as the fried boxty. It was made into round small cakes and put into a pot of boiling water and boiled for an hour or so.
Boxty - MakingBoxty is made frequently in this part of the country. It is a very nice dish. It consists of three kinds, pan boxty, boiled boxty or boxty dumplings and boxty loaf. This is how pan boxty is made.
Potatoes are washed, peeled and grated, and soda, salt and butter milk and flour are put into the mixture. It is then beaten into a batter about the consistency of cream. A small quantity is poured on to a hot frying pan, and baked in the same manner as pancakes.
piece of wood, eighteen inches long, and about six inches wide was got for a back for the grater. The piece of tin was curved in shape and fastened to the back with fine wire nails or tacks. This was placed standing in the basin or crock and the raw potatoes were grated by rubbing them quickly up and down on the grater. A boxty bag made out of calico was next got and the raw boxty in small quantities was put into it, and squeezed until all the water was taken out. The dry boxty was placed in a large wooden dish, and the water squeezed out of the boxty was kept and allowed to stand for some time till the starch fell to the bottom. This starch was kept for laundry purposes. Boiled potatoes were mashed up finely by bruising and added to the raw boxty. Some flour was then added and a good handful of salt. These ingredients were mixed together with the hand and wet with either sweet milk or buttermilk according to taste. Boxty was sometimes spread thinly over the pan and baked on one side, or it was put into a pot oven and baked beside the fire with turf coals under the oven and on the lid. Sometimes the boxty was made into little dumplings and put into a pot of boiling water, and kept boiling
The boxty consisted of raw potatoes grated and mixed with flour.
There were two kinds of boxty, boiled boxty, and pan cake boxty. The boiled boxty consised of grated potatoes having the water squeezed out of it. Boiled potatoes were mashed and mixed with the grated boxty and flour and salt added. It was made into dumplings and boiled. After boiling for an hour and a half it was put on the pan and fried. Boiled boxty was called dumplings.
The oaten bread was wet with water, salt having been already added, was left in front of the fire to bake.
Boxty was made on Hollowe'en, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve.
When one is about to make boxty the first thing to do is to get big potatoes and wash them thoroughly. Then you peel off the skin with a knife. Next they are grated and the boxty is put in a basin and strained. When the boxty water is let settle there is a starch got from it. The boxty, when strained is mixed with flour and salt and baked on a pan.
"Boxty dumplings" are prepared the same way as pan-boxty. The potatoes are grated and left to drain; the starch is taken from the remaining water and put into the grated mixture. The same ingredients are used for pan-boxty with the addition of mashed potatoes. Afterwards the little cakes are kneaded, shaped, and dried with flour. The cakes each average four inches in diameter and about one inch in thickness. They are next put into a pot of boiling water.
Two or three spoons are put in the bottom of the pot so that the cakes may not stick. The old people of this district have a certain way of knowing when the boxty is cooked. They put their hands underneath the bottom of the pot and if it is cool the boxty is done.
The boxty loaf is prepared in the same manner as the
Boxty is in general use in this disitrict. There are three kinds of Boxty:-
(a) Pan Boxty - or Boxty Pancakes.
(b) A Boxty Loaf.
(c) Boxty Dumplings
Bread was made from wheat and oats long ago. Long ago there were no bake-houses. The people made their own bread. They had a quern for breaking hard lumps of corn. There is a grind stone in Mr Gairgan's field in Ballydaly still. Boxty bread is made on the pan. There is an old rhyme about the boxty bread "Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan if you don't eat boxty you will never be a man. There are many kinds of bread such s potato cakes, boxty bread, wheaten breat, black bread and griddle cakes. Flour was not made as easy then as it is nowadays. The bread was made with water instead of milk. Bread used to be baked in front of the fire or on
of the fire to bake. A bread-iron is a flat iron similar to a griddle with a strut at the back to support it on the ground. It has to be well watched in case it would burn.
Boxty is very familiar in this locality. My mother makes it often. There are two kinds of boxty, boiled boxty and baked boxty. My mother makes the baked boxty in the following way. First she gets sufficient raw potatoes washes them, peels them and grates them fine with a grater in a basin. The tinsmith makes graters with perforated tin. She then gets an equal number of boiled potatoes and mashes them fine. She gets a clean cloth and wrings out the water of the raw potatoes. She then mixes the boiled ones with the raw ones. Next she gets sufficient flour to keep it together and mixes it with the boxty. She then adds salt and some people put in currants and raisins in it. She then puts it in the oven to bake for four hours.
Long ago boxty was a favourite dish in Ireland. It must have been pleasant to get up in the morning and get a nice hot breakfast of boxty. In the country boxty was made because the people had plenty of potatoes.
Boxty is a food made out of potatoes. The first thing to do is to get a bucket of potatoes, wash, and peel the potatoes, then grate them, then wring them dry, then add mashed potatoes and flour, and salt and some cloves to the mixture, then remove in cake form, and bake in an oven four hours.
The kinds of bread used by the people were boxty and flourbread. There were two kinds of boxty pan. Boxty and boiled boxty. It (They) was made from raw potatoes grated. Then the water was squeezed off it in a boxty bag. Some flour was added and wet with water and milk mixed. In winter when milk was scarce the people grated potatoes and let them rest over night until the starch rested on the bottom. Then they strained off the top part and they had yeast which was used to make bread light.Pat McDermott, Scrabbagh
Recorded from Mrs. McDermott, Scrabbagh, Kilclare, 98 yrs
"boxty dumplings." It is baked in an oven like a soda cake. Boxty is very wholesome food when cooked right. The principal potatoe used for making boxty is the kerspink.
How boxty bread was made. In oldern times the people used to make Boxty bread and this is the way they made it. They washed potatoes and got a side of an old tin can and a nail and put holes in the tin and got the potatoes and rubbed the potatoes up and down the tin until they were grated. Then they got a white cloth and squeezed the grated potatoes. They mixed boiled potatoes through the grated ones and got a grain of salt and mixed them together. They baked the boxty on a griddle. Their eyes were red blowing the fire to the boxty bread.
My mother frequently makes boxty.