Irish boxty pancakes

Irish boxty pancakes
  • Serves: 14
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins

A traditional Irish recipe that's fantastically filling


  • 450g/1lb potatoes, peeled
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 100g/4oz plain flour
  • 5ml/1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 large British Lion egg, separated
  • 100ml/4 floz buttermilk or natural yogurt
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • a little oil for frying
  • fried British Lion egg, grilled bacon and tomatoes to serve


  1. Cut the potatoes into even chunks then cook in a large pan of boiling salted water for 10-15 mins or until tender. Drain well, return to the pan then mash until smooth.
  2. Stir in the spring onions and leave to cool - spreading them thinly on a plate makes this happen quicker! Place the potatoes in a large bowl, sift over the flour, bicarbonate of soda, egg yolk and buttermilk, beat well and add plenty of salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk the egg white in a separate clean bowl, until it form stiff peaks, then fold into the potato mixture.
  4. Heat a large non-stick frying pan until hot, drizzle a little oil over the centre and wipe around the pan with a piece of kitchen paper. Drop 3-4 spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and cook over a medium heat for about 8mins, turning once until golden - don’t cook over too high a heat or the outside will be golden before the centre is ready. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Repeat to make about 16 pancakes in total.
  5. Serve hot with a fried egg, grilled bacon and tomato. Get ahead: If you like, make the pancakes ahead and place them on a baking tray. Reheat at Fan 180C/200C/Gas Mark 6 for about 10 mins before serving.
Nutritional information, per serving:
Calories Carbs Protein Fat Saturates Salt
59 11.5g 2.2g 0.9g 0.2g 0.2g

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