Here’s a quick way to start your St. Paddy’s Day. In Ireland, a farl can be a quarter piece of a large flat scone, bannock, or oatcake-or as in this case, Irish soda bread. Of course, you could go all out with a traditional Ulster breakfast with white or black pudding and some bubble and squeak, but that’s another Foodie Tuesday post altogether.
IRISH SODA FARLS
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
butter and strawberry jam
Preheat heavy based flat griddle or skillet on medium to low heat.
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. Serve immediately with butter and strawberry jam toppings.