Irish Soda Farls


Farl means four parts in Gaelic and this recipe is the traditional (and quickest) way to make soda bread for unexpected guests who drop by for a bit of "craic" (good fun). The soda bread dough is flattened into a round, then cooked on a dry griddle or pan. It's best eaten fresh with butter and jam but is also delicious pan-fried in oil or butter as part of an Ulster breakfast.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 farls


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat a heavy based flat griddle or skillet on medium to low heat.

  2. Place flour and salt in a bowl and sift in baking soda; make a well in the center, and pour in the buttermilk.

  3. Work quickly to mix into a wet dough; knead very lightly on a well floured surface. Form into a flattened circle, about 1/2 inch thick and cut into quarters with a floured knife.

  4. Sprinkle a little flour over the base of the hot pan and cook the farls for 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

252 Calories
1g Fat
51g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 252
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 671mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 159mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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