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loaf of boxty bread on a cooling rack

Irish Boxty Bread

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 small loaf 1x


Irish boxty bread is an easy, no yeast potato bread ready in just over an hour!  It’s a traditional Irish recipe that uses leftover mashed potatoes and grated potatoes.  You'll want to serve it for St. Patrick’s Day breakfast or dinner this year.


  • 1 cup plain mashed potatoes (200g)
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (200g)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (55g)
  • about 1/3 cup whole milk (75 ml)
  • 7 ounces peeled and coarsely grated russet potatoes (200g; about 2 medium potatoes)


  1. Warm up the mashed potatoes and place them in a medium mixing bowl with the flour, baking powder, salt, and melted butter.  Measure out the milk and set it aside.
  2. Working quickly so the potatoes don't turn pink, peel and grate the two potatoes.  Squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the grated potato, then stir it into the flour mixture.
  3. Gradually mix in the milk until all the flour is picked up from the bowl and a sticky dough has formed.  Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Shape the dough into a disc and place on a lightly floured baking stone or a parchment-lined cookie sheet.  Score in a cross shape with a sharp knife, cutting almost all the way through the dough.
  5. Let the boxty rest for about 10 minutes on the counter while the oven is preheating to 400 F.
  6. Bake at 400 F for about 40 minutes, until the loaf is a lovely golden brown.  Let the bread cool a little on a wire rack before serving.  It tastes best warm and spread with butter.


  • Russet potatoes are the best choice for boxty because of their high starch content.
  • Squeeze out all the liquid from the grated potato and measure it accurately.  Adding too much potato will make the loaf doughy.
  • Cut an X almost all the way through the loaf.  This helps it cook properly.
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes while the oven is preheating. This helps the baking powder work better.
  • Let the boxty cool before eating to give it time to finish cooking in the middle.
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Irish

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