Irish Soda Farls

Soda Farls

Since tomorrow is St Patricks Day I thought I better whip up something for the occasion.  I choose Soda Bread, or Soda Farls to the Northern Irish amongst us.  Soda Farls are great to eat fresh from the griddle slathered in butter, toasted and slathered in butter, or fried… in butter (you can see a theme here!).

Soda Farls are used as part of the Ulster Fry along with many other bread products such as Potato Farls, Wheaten Bread and Pancakes.  A favourite of mine which I often treat myself to when I am back home is the Filled Soda – basically the Ulster Fry but in a Soda Farl – they are awesome and very filling!

So here is a quick and easy recipe for the very versatile Soda Farl.

Soda Farls (Makes 4 Farls)


250g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
Buttermilk (not a lot just enough to bind it all together)


  • Put a griddle or frying pan onto a medium heat to get it nicely warmed up
  • In a bowl put the flour, salt and soda, mix well and then make a well in the centre

Flour and Butter milk

  • Pour in the buttermilk, I would start with about 2 tbsp and then add more as required
  • Mix the ingredients into a thick dough and gently knead.
  • Shape into 1 large circle and then divide into four farls
  • Sprinkle flour in the bottom of the griddle and place each farl in the pan
  • It takes about 6 – 7 mins each side for the farls to cook through.
  • Once cooked (you can check this by inserting a skewer and if it comes out clean they are ready)  transfer to a wire rack to cool

You can then cut these up and serve them warm with butter or jam.  Store for later to be toasted (great with cheese and bacon!) or to be used in an Ulster Fry, frying the bread in the fat from the bacon and sausages, lardy but tasty!

Ulster Fry