Potato Apple Bread
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Apples and Potatoes make a valuable contribution to diet in Ireland. While I was googling for P, I landed up with this Pototo Apple Bread Recipe. Apples have been grown in Ireland for at least 3000 years and I have read that St. Patrick is said to have planted a number of apple trees in Ireland. Eating apples, cooking apples and cider apples are grown in Ireland. Similarly Potatoes are an important part of Irish Diet. Without Potatoes there would have been no crisp or no fish and chips. Potatoes can grow easily in good and poor soil and soon years ago, many families across Ireland were dependent on the potato. The poor people did not grow any other types of food except potatoes and then the Potato Blight in 1845 ruined the potato crops all over Ireland and many people died from hunger because they had no other food to eat. This is known as the Great Irish Famine and lasted for almost 5 years. The people who were farming after the famine tried not to depend on potato alone for their food. So I think enough of history and let us get back to our recipe. So definitely there has to be a recipe involving the two and here I present the Potato Apple Bread.
This bread is made from leftover potatoes, but I had none so I made it using fresh ones. Similar to the Boxty – Irish Potato Flatbread this is best made using floury potatoes. The potatoes are mashed and mixed along with a bit of butter and flour. Apples are cooked until tender. Now one can either just cut them in slices and use as filling or mash it or cut into bit size pieces. I cut them into bit size pieces as I like them a bit chunky added just a small amount of sugar and cinnamon and they were done. This flatbread’s were pretty heavy with the potato and apple but we enjoyed them thouroughly for our morning breakfast. A bit of sour cream on the side will do no harm 🙂
Potato Apple bread is similar to a fadge or an Irish Potato Bread - Boxty and is popular in north-eastern Ireland around Halloween.
- 1 medium size Apples (I have used normal red eating apples)
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon (Optional)
- pinch of Salt
- 1-2 tbsp Water
- 3/4 Cup All purpose Flour
- 2 medium size Boiled Potatoes (Around 300 gms)
- 1 tbsp Softened Butter
- 1 tsp Salt (If butter is unsalted)
- 1/2 tsp Sugar (Optional)
- 1-2 tbsp Butter For Shallow Frying
Mash the potatoes very finely so that you do not have any lumps.
Add in the butter, flour and salt and combine to a smooth dough. Keep it aside.
Finely chop the apples (One can grate too - depends on how you like it.)
In a pan, add a tablespoon of water, apples and a pinch of salt.
Let it cook on slow to medium until soft (Depends on how you like). This takes a while.
Once they are soft yet crunchy, add the sugar and cinnamon. I then gently pressed them with the back of the spoon. Cook them for a minute more.
Let it cool.
Divide the potato mixture into equal size balls (Will make 4 with the above mix).
Roll each into 3 inch circles and 1/4 inch thick.
There are two ways I did this. One is put the mix in the center of one bread and spread it across, leaving 1 cm from the edges.
Gently put another bread on top of it and press and seal the edges. One can use a fork to make some beautiful pattern.
Another way is put the filling in center, and spread it only on half the circle. (Semicircle) leaving 1 cm on the sides.
Flip the other part on the top of this and seal.
Shallow fry them using butter on slow to medium until cooked or golden brown on both the sides.
Serve it warm as is or with a dollop of sour cream.
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