Beer Boxty BreadSoda Bread is a common Irish cuisine staple. To dive deeper into Irish Beer Cuisine and to learn more about Irish loaves of bread, this recipe shows the Irish ingenuity of using what was available. Potatoes become the base for this Beer Boxty Bread, flavored with either caraway seed or fresh rosemary, mixed with an Irish brew, and made into a quick bread. This recipe is easy to make, baking with beer go-to when time is not on your side for a yeasted counterpart.

 

To compliment the potatoes in this bread, either flavored with caraway seed or fresh rosemary try cooking with an Irish Red Ale, Cream Ale, or European Pale Lager. The naturally malty beer styles will add complexity and depth to this beer quick bread. These beer styles are not overly hoppy either, making the final recipe delicious, like a stew, chowder, soup, or pot roast.

 

To serve this loaf, either straight out of the hot oven or room temperature,  sliced with great butter, preferably a European style butter, Irish cheddar cheese, or Assorted Pickles. Beer Boxty Bread makes a perfect snack or served alongside an Irish meal | feast.  Try serving it alongside Irish Soda Bread with Stout Soaked Raisins | Currants to creating an Irish Bread Basket.

 

Makes: 4 small loaves

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Beer Boxty Bread is an Irish styled bread, similar to a Soda Bread, using mashed potatoes as starch, mixed with flours and seasoned with either caraway seeds or freshly minced rosemary.
Servings Prep Time
4 loaves 25 minute
Cook Time
40 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 loaves 25 minute
Cook Time
40 minute
Beer Boxty Bread
Beer Boxty Bread
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Beer Boxty Bread is an Irish styled bread, similar to a Soda Bread, using mashed potatoes as starch, mixed with flours and seasoned with either caraway seeds or freshly minced rosemary.
Servings Prep Time
4 loaves 25 minute
Cook Time
40 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 loaves 25 minute
Cook Time
40 minute
Ingredients
Beer Boxty Bread Dry Ingredients:
Beer Boxty Bread Wet Ingredients:
Servings: loaves
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Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F | 191°C.
  • Peel all the potatoes, dividing 4 for boiling and 2 for grating. Cut the four potatoes into 6ths and add to a pot of cold water, with an inch of water over the top and season the water with the salt. Place over high heat and cook the potatoes for 18 – 20 minutes, until they are fork-tender. Drain the potatoes well, then add them back to the hot pot to help evaporate any remaining moisture. Let sit for 5 minutes, then mash them with a potato ricer or fork, adding in the butter, stirring to melt and make a mashed potato-like consistency.
  • Grate the remaining two potatoes on a coarse side of a box grater. Add them to a large bowl, mixing in the beer, salt, caraway, or rosemary (or omitting the seasoning if desired) and pepper. Stir to combine, then fold in the mashed potatoes.
  • Sift the two flours into the potato mixture, and fold the ingredients together to make a dough. Lightly knead the dough until the texture is smooth, not sticky, adding more flour if needed. Divide the dough into 4 equal size portions, then form each into a round loaf shape. Place each loaf onto a Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat or parchment paper-lined sheet tray. Using a knife, cut the top of each loaf into a cross shape pattern, going into the bread about an inch deep. Place the tray into the center of the oven and bake for about 40 minutes, until the bread is golden brown and the internal temperature of the bread reaches 205°F | 96°C.
  • Serve the warm bread with a European style butter, lightly sprinkled with a pinch of special salt, with some different Irish cheeses and fresh pickles.
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