Soda bread dough is flattened into a round circle, and divided into farls meaning 4 parts. It is then cooked on a dry griddle or pan. Traditionally this was the quickest way to make soda bread for unexpected guests who drop by for a bit of craic (good fun). It's best eaten fresh with butter and jam but is also delicious fried as part of an Ulster breakfast.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Place flour and salt in a bowl and sift in baking soda. Make a well in the center, and pour in the buttermilk.

  • Work quickly to mix into dough and 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.

  • 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

252 calories; 8.5 g protein; 50.6 g carbohydrates; 2.5 mg cholesterol; 670.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2008
My mother made Irish soda farls all her life and she was a wonderful baker, but her recipe called for approx. 2 tbls. butter cut in (like a piecrust). It gives the bread a softer texture. Wonderful hot with fresh butter and jam. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/05/2011
I'm pretty sure I just didn't do this right, but nothing about my farls was good. They were tough, bland, and felt globby in my mouth. I think I'll ask real Irish to make these in the future, as I just cannot. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2008
My mother made Irish soda farls all her life and she was a wonderful baker, but her recipe called for approx. 2 tbls. butter cut in (like a piecrust). It gives the bread a softer texture. Wonderful hot with fresh butter and jam. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2008
My Irish husband has been wanting to figure out how to make soda farls since he moved to the US 8 years ago. Had I known they were so easy, I would have done it ages ago! I added 1 teaspoon of salt into recipe. His smile said it all. He did add that they were EXACTLY like home. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2006
We make this often and serve with homemade guava jelly. Wonderful! I put just a pinch of salt in the mixture as the recipe doesn't specify. Also go easy with sprinkling flour on the griddle. Warm and wonderful-- and so easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2007
I like that this is so easy even for someone who is afraid to work with dough and takes very little time to make. Also you don't have to mess around with the oven. This recipe halves nicely. The first time I used vanilla yogurt instead of buttermilk and added a few teaspoons of sugar to make sweet farls. I sliced the farl in half horizontally while it was hot and spread butter and raspberry jam inside. The second time I followed the recipe exactly. (Since the recipe doesn't specify how much salt to use I used 1/8 tsp salt for a half recipe - I think next time I will use more.) It made the kitchen smell good and kind of like pancakes. I will definitely make these again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2006
I want to serve farls at our StP's meal next week, so I thought I'd give these a shot. They really are excellent! Because mine were quite thick and didn't completely cook all the way through, I just split them, and returned them to the skillet cut-side down. Wonderful with butter and seedless raspberry jelly! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2008
This was so simple and delicious - and I barely mussed up the kitchen! I did not knead the dough (kneading is a bit scary and I am not very good at it) so instead I just mixed a bit longer in the mixing bowl before transferring directly to my electric griddle pan (set at 300 F). I only used a pinch of salt - will add more next time. It is great served with salted butter and honey or with blueberry preserves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2007
Made them(it?) this morning as part of a St Paddy's Day Ulster Fry (Mr P claims Irish descent although frankly I think Martian is probably more likely). Incredibly quick and simple and very very delicious. Added a sprinkle of organic garlic salt but otherwise made exactly as per recipe. Now I know how easy this is I can see myself making it (them?) regularly. Many thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2007
These come out awesome! They're a simple, no frills soda bread recipie and they're quick and easy to make. My boyfriend, from County Armagh, thinks they are dead on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2006
In the morning these are perfect with some butter and jam but for dinner I add some garlic and pepper to the recipe. So easy! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/05/2011
I'm pretty sure I just didn't do this right, but nothing about my farls was good. They were tough, bland, and felt globby in my mouth. I think I'll ask real Irish to make these in the future, as I just cannot. Read More
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