Soda Farls are one of the quickest breads you could make. This is my mother’s recipe, she always bakes them on a heavy cast iron griddle but they work just as well on a dry non stick pan .
10 oz plain flour
1 level teaspoon baking soda (too much turns bread yellow)
Pinch of salt
Approx ½ – ¾ pint buttermilk
Makes 4 farls
You need a wide heavy based frying pan or griddle
- Sieve flour and baking soda into a large bowl.
- Add salt and aerate well with hands.
- Make a well in the centre and add most of the buttermilk and mix in with a wooden spoon or your hand.
- Add enough milk to make a soft dough (almost wet).
- Knead very lightly (without applying pressure) into a round shape.
- Press down to flatten a little and then cut into four .
- Meanwhile heat the pan on a gentle heat and dust with flour, when the flour starts to colour the pan is hot enough.
- Place the farls on the pan and cook on a gentle heat until nicely coloured on one side, then turn over and cook until coloured on the other side. It will take about 15 minutes on each side.
- Prop the farls on their sides to cook the sides a little.
- Then remove from the pan and wrap in a clean tea towel.
- You can use Soda flour on it’s own instead of plain flour and baking soda.