Not to be confused with Irish Soda Bread (i.e. Wheaten Bread), Soda Farls are usually cooked on a griddle or skillet although it is also possible to bake the farls in the oven. There are just four main ingredients and four steps, to get four, fresh delicious soda farls! Is that a coincidence? I think not!
Ulster Style Soda FarlsCourse: Main, Snacks, SidesCuisine: Irish Baking, Griddle CookingDifficulty: Easy
Soda farls recipe is a fast, easy way to have delicious Northern Irish bread ready in half an hour!
2 cups plain white flour, plus flour for the work surface and skillet pan
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 pinch of salt
1 cup of buttermilk or substitute. See options for buttermilk substitute
- Preheat skillet pan or flat griddle to medium heat. Add two cups of flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt to a large bowl. Lift and drop mixture to add air and remove lumps.
- Make a well in the middle and add your buttermilk or substitute. With a spatula, mix the dough well until it forms a loose ball. Turn out onto your floured work surface.
- Shape the dough into a round and pat with your palm until about 3cm thick. With a large flat knife, cut into four quarters. With your (floured) spatula, lift each farl, flip it and place into preheated skillet or flat griddle.
- Cook farls on each side for 10 minutes, then up on their sides for around 30 seconds each. After 20 minutes approximately, transfer to a clean tea towel and cover for 10 minutes before serving.
- Soda farls are a staple bread in the Ulster Fry. They are usually served on the side of a fry-up with Wheaten Bread and Potato Bread Farls. Soda Farls are also great toasted with butter, or add a poached egg for the perfect light brunch. I’ve calculated around 200 calories per farl, so 100 calories per slice.