Irish Soda Farls

The Irish Soda Farls are a type of griddled Irish soda bread that is cooked in a skillet and divided into four parts, or fardels.

Irish Soda Farls

Irish Soda Farls

By Sue Lau |  Palatable Pastime

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Irish Soda Farls is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Bread Bakers. This month we are sharing recipes for Irish breads ahead of St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Soda Farls

What are Farls?

Farls are a type of quick bread made on a griddle or in a skillet. They are patted out almost like scones, then cooked like pancakes, except using stiff dough instead of a runny batter.

They are so called after the word “fardels”, meaning “fourths”, since the dough is cut into quarters.

There are a couple of types of farls I know of, which are the soda farls in this recipe and also potato farls. This recipe is more like a strict soda bread dough. The potato farls include potato in the dough as you might surmise. I have a recipe for those included on my Ulster Fry recipe, which is a multi-part breakfast.

I imagine these are mostly served at breakfast, but I can also well imagine them being used to sandwich meats in a lunch pail.


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Wendy Klik is hosting this month and asked the others to join her in sharing Irish Breads in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Which is right around the corner. Let’s see what everyone baked up for us today…

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Irish Soda Farls

Irish Soda Farls

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Irish Soda Farls

Irish Soda Farls

Sue Lau
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Servings 4
Calories 244 kcal


  • 8 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk


  • Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Gradually mix the buttermilk into the flour.
  • Knead gently for a few minutes on a lightly floured surface, then pat into a disk 1/2" thick.
  • Cut dough into quarters with a floured bread knife.
  • Lightly oil a griddle or skillet as you would if you were making pancakes.
  • Add dough pieces to pan and cook about 5-7 minutes each side or until golden.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 8gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 919mgPotassium: 142mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 99IUCalcium: 78mgIron: 3mg
Keyword griddled soda bread
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7 responses

  1. We must have had another Irish theme a while back because I remember researching and making farls! Like biscuits but on the stovetop, which I found fascinating. Love the golden color on yours, Sue!
    Okay, I looked it. ‘Twas 2017. 🙂

    • I’ve make the potato farls before too for the Ulster Fry. That plate was big enough for the whole family.

  2. I love how they turned out and the beautiful color on the soda farls. I have tried potato farls and time to try this one! Great recipe!

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