Today is a special event for the Secret Recipe Club! For those who haven’t seen my previous Secret Recipe Club posts, this club includes a group of bloggers who are assigned a different blog each month and secretly make a recipe to post on their specified reveal day. There are four groups split among the four Mondays each month. Since February has an extra Monday, members from all of the groups got together for a special event to celebrate two upcoming holidays: St. Patrick’s Day and Easter!
For this event, I was assigned to Jamie’s blog, Our Eating Habits. Jamie lives Canada with her husband and three children. In addition to food, she also loves Christmas, Disney, and homeschooling her children. You will find a nice assortment of recipes on her blog, plus plenty for those who enjoy baking. I decided to make her Irish Soda Farls, but these other great recipes also fit the theme: Carrot Cake Bars, Irish Soda Bread with Raisins, O’Larry’s Skillet Potatoes, Carrot Coconut Scones, Homemade Pork Sausage with Colcannon, Chocolate Irish Cream Bundt Cake, Bunny Cakes, Irish Soda Bread, and Cream Cheese Frosted Bailey’s Brownies.
I love how easy this recipe was to make. The dough is made from only four ingredients and comes together in less than 5 minutes. The word farl means 4 parts, as the circle of dough is divided into 4 equal quadrants. They are generally made using a soda dough as seen here or with potatoes. These Irish Soda Farls have a similar consistency to scones, but are cooked in a hot skillet instead of the oven in about 12 minutes.
If the dough is browning too quickly and before the interior gets a chance to cook through, decrease the heat to medium low.
The farls are best warm from the skillet. I served them with a bit of raspberry jam and butter.
Check out what everyone else made for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
Oil or butter for greasing
Butter and jam for serving
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Gently stir in the buttermilk just until dough comes together.
On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a circle 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the circle into 4 equal quadrants.
Place a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly grease with oil or butter. Once heated, add the cut farls to the skillet, making sure they don’t touch. If the pan is too small, cook them in 2 batches. Pan-fry until the bottom is browned, about 6 minutes, then flip and cook until browned and heated through.
Serve warm with butter and jam.