Tuesday, March 15, 2011

You Don't Want A Man That Eats Boxty Anyway

Boxty on the griddle
Boxty on the pan
If you can't make a boxty
You'll never get a man.

The answer to this should of course be:

You want boxty on the griddle?
You want boxty on the pan?
You want a fuckin' boxty?
Go on home to Mam!

That aside, you might care to try it out for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Recipe as follows:

1 cup mashed potatoes
1 cup grated potato (squeezed dry)
1 cup AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs
Milk to mix
Butter to fry

Sift together dry ingredients. Add potatoes and eggs. Add milk slowly until you have enough for the dough to hold together in a batter. Drop by spoonfuls onto a buttered, hot griddle. Cook a few minutes on each side. Serve well buttered.

Now, I could forgive you if you looked at that and thought it was too much fuss. That's what Champ is for:

Mashed potatoes
Cooked, chopped kale
Melted butter

Mix first three together and mound on plate. Make a well in centre, and pour in butter. Serve.

OK, you probably want some bread to go with your potatoes (well, I do) but soda bread is getting kind of boring, so here's my recipe for treacle farls:

4 cups AP flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chilled butter-cut up
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons treacle, molasses, or Golden syrup
1/4 cup currants

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly flour a baking sheet.
Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter.Add syrup to buttermilk and stir until dissolved. Add liquid slowly until you have a dough that is no longer sticky. You don't want to knead too heavily, or overwork the dough as that causes it to be tough. Add the currants. Pat into a round 1 1/2 inches high. Cut into 4ths and place on pan leaving room between. Bake until deeply golden brown-about 30 minutes. You may need to decrease the heat if they brown too quickly.

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