Recipe: Lucky Boxty Pancakes

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These potato pancakes are a well known Halloween dish in Ireland: a silver sixpence, wrapped in greaseproof paper, and hidden in the pancake meant good luck of the finder in the coming year


  • 8 oz. (225g) plain flour
  • 8oz. (225g) cooked potatoes, mashed
  • 8 oz. (225g) raw potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • oil for frying
  • skimmed milk
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Grate the raw potatoes into a linen cloth
    2. Wring them out over a basin thus catching a little of the liquid
    3. Leave this liquid to settle until the water on top is clear
    4. Place the grated raw potatoes from the cloth into another bowl with the mashed potatoes and mix
    5. Pour off the water from the top of the potato liquid and pour the remaining starchy sediment on to the potato mixture in the other bowl
    6. Add the salt and flour then mix the mixture well
    7. Make a well in the middle of the mixture then add enough skimmed milk to give a batter of dropping consistency
    8. Beat the mixture well then allow to stand for a couple of minutes before cooking
    9. Heat a thick based frying pan or griddle and grease with a little oil
    10. Drop spoonfuls of the potato batter into the pan and spread evenly
    11. Allow the mixture to cook on the underneath then turn and cook on the other side
    12. Serve warm with a sprinkling of sugar
    13. For your Halloween party hide a coin, wrapped in greaseproof paper, in one of the pancakes


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