Askthechef recipe Boxty bread (potato bread)

Boxty is a name given to three different types of Irish potato dishes. This is a recipe for bread.

Boxty bread (potato bread)

Recipe for 1,4 kilos


800gfloury potatoes, peeled
½tspblack pepper
1gcaraway seeds
5gbaking powder

Preparation method

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  • Cook 500g of the potatoes in water seasoned with salt.
  • Drain the cooked potatoes and briefly return to the heat to evaporate any remaining water.
  • Mash the potatoes together with the butter until you have a smooth purée.
  • Grate the remaining 300g of potatoes using a coarse grater.
  • Place the grated potatoes in a cheese cloth and squeeze out the liquid.
  • Place the grated potatoes, milk, salt, pepper, and caraway seeds in a mixing bowl and mix in the potato purée.
  • Sieve together the flour and the baking powder over the potato mixture and blend to create a soft and smooth dough.
  • Briefly knead the dough.
  • Separate the dough into four equal pieces.
  • Shape the pieces of dough into four round, flat breads with a diameter of about 10cm.
  • Place the breads on a baking tray or silicone mat.
  • Score a cross into the top of the bread.
  • Bake the breads for 40 minutes in a preheated oven.
  • Serve immediately.

Serving suggestions

  • Serve with butter as part of a snack.
  • Serve as a side dish with soup or an oven dish.
  • Variation tip: this bread is a great way for using left-over mashed potatoes. Just ensure that the mashed potatoes do not contain a lot of moisture.

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