Northern Irish Soda Farl Recipe

One of the downsides to moving away from your country of birth is not being able to get things that are specific to that area. For me, soda bread farls have been one thing I have missed since moving to the United States.

I have done a few searches for recipes and when I’ve asked relatives back home they say they use the soda bread mix, which obviously I can’t just pop to my local store and buy.

I love homemade bread but it can be a long process of risings and kneadings. This bread is a flatbread so you mix and place on the griddle. Voila, delicious slice of home.

My favorite way of eating it is with bacon, scrambled eggs, and HP sauce (don’t judge, I am still trying to figure out the peanut butter and jelly combo!). Other ways are with beautiful butter and jam, toasted or not.

One note is to be careful how hot you let your griddle get, my first batch was burnt on the outside and raw in the middle because it was too hot. Slow and low is definitely a better option here.

Northern Irish Soda Farl

Delicious flatbread that is quick and easy to make is a specialty in Northern Ireland and a stable on every table.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 4 pieces


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • On low/medium heat, place a flat griddle or cast-iron skillet on the stove to preheat.
  • Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl.
  • Create a well in the middle of the flour and carefully pour in the buttermilk.
  • Quickly mix everything together with your hands in a kneading motion.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a round, about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Carefully cut the dough circle into quarters.
  • Place on the griddle or skillet and cook for 7 – 8 minutes each side. Make sure the griddle is not too hot.

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