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Two Irish Soda Farls on a wooden board with a skillet in the background.

Irish Soda Farls

Irish Soda Farls recipe for the Secret Recipe Club! This easy buttermilk-based bread is baked in a hot skillet until puffed and golden.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Irish
Keyword bread, breakfast, Ireland, irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 Farls


  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (237 milliliters) 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 (1.25-2 cm) 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 farlsĀ 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.