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Catholic Recipe: Irish Potato Pancakes III


  • 2-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup freshly grated raw potato
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • butter
  • sugar
  • Details

  • Yield: 3 dozen 4-inch pancakes
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Ireland

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Also Called: Boxty Pancakes

To honor St. Brigid, you must turn to dairy products, for she is the patroness of dairy workers. Choose a recipe that calls for buttermilk and butter and, of course, the potato. Pancakes are the traditional food in almost every country for celebrations, and Ireland is no exception.

This dish, also referred to as Boxty Pancakes, can be served on Fat Tuesday and Halloween/All Saints Day.


Mix and sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat eggs slightly in large bowl; stir in buttermilk. Stir in dry ingredients, mixing just until blended (batter will be slightly lumpy). Stir in grated potato, butter or margarine, and vanilla. Ladle batter, a scant 1/4 cup for each pancake, onto greased heated griddle. Bake 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbles cover the top and underside is golden; turn; bake 1 to 2 minutes longer. Serve at once, with plenty of butter. Sprinkle generously with sugar, as the Irish do. Makes 3 dozen 4-inch pancakes.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
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