The word farl is pronounced farrel and derives from the old Scots word fardel, which essentially means “a quarter.” The source of the name becomes apparent when you see to make farls you flatten dough into a circle and cut it into four pieces before cooking.
Soda Bread Farls are very similar in texture to American buttermilk biscuits or British scones. The dough comes together quickly with just flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk.
For this post, I decided to make what I call an adulterated Ulster Fry to accompany the soda bread farls. Properly, that breakfast would include the farls, of course, plus sausage, bacon, black and white pudding, fried eggs and tomatoes. Mine included sausage, black pudding, fried eggs and mushrooms. Totally delicious and perfect for a long weekend morning. We weren’t hungry again till almost suppertime!
Ingredients – for 4 farls
2 cups or 250g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup or 240ml buttermilk
Lard or oil for frying (I used bacon drippings.)
Measure the dry ingredient together into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. This aerates the flour and takes the place of sifting.
Pour in the buttermilk and use a firm rubber spatula to mix it in to make a soft dough.
Flour a clean work surface and scrape the dough out on to it.
Preheat heavy based flat griddle or skillet on medium to low heat.
Flour a sharp knife and cut the dough circle into quarters.
Add a couple of teaspoons of lard (or oil) to the preheated griddle and transfer the farls to the pan when the lard is melted and hot.
Cook the farls for about 3-4 minutes on that first side, watching carefully that they don’t burn.
Serve with just butter and jam or as part of a big breakfast.
We loved these! The only thing I’d do differently the next time is to cut the dough circle into eighths instead of quarters, which would change the name I suppose. Don’t think about it too much. Just make them! They "bake" up nicely.
Our Bread Bakers host this month is Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm. She challenged us to bake an Irish bread since, of course, St. Patrick’s Day is this week. Who knew there were so many? Check them out!
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- Blaa by Sara's Tasty Buds
- Caraway Rye Soda Bread by A Salad For All Seasons
- Carrot and Dillisk Bread by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Cheddar and Herbs Soda Bread by Ambrosia
- Currant Drop Scones by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Egg Free Irish Raisin Tea Scones by Gayathri's Cook Spot
- Four leaf Clover Rolls by Cook's Hideout
- Guinness Bread Rolls by The Bread She Bakes
- Guinness Buckwheat Bread by Baking Sense
- Irish Amber Ale Pretzels by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Irish Barmbrack by The Schizo Chef
- Irish Freckle Bread by Mayuri's Jikoni
- Irish Freckle Bread by Passion Kneaded
- Irish Multigrain Bread by What Smells So Good?
- Irish Soda Bread by Herbivore Cucina
- Irish Soda Bread by Sneha's Recipe
- Irish Soda Bread Scones by Spill the Spices
- Irish Soda Buttermilk Bread by Sizzling Tastebuds
- Oat and Potato Bread by Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Potato Clover Leaf Rolls by Spiceroots
- Soda Bread Farls by Food Lust People Love
- Soft Wheat Irish Soda Scones with Raisins (Spotted Dog) by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Super Easy Potato Roll Recipe by Hostess At Heart