Irish Soda Farls: A Quick and Easy Soda Bread

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

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.



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.