Irish Soda Farls is a quick and simple soda bread that cooks in a skillet!
Our Culinary Journey Around the World is jumping over to explore Ireland for a few weeks. . . I figured since I’m Irish and it’s getting close to St. Patricks Day it’s just gotta be done! I’m quiet in love with Ireland and I’m so excited to share some of it’s beautiful sights with you later in the post but first, lets enjoy some Irish Soda Farls together. 🙂
Irish Soda Farls is a soda bread dough that’s flattened into a round circle, and divided into farls meaning 4 parts. It is then cooked on a dry griddle or pan lightly sprinkled with flour. Traditionally this was the quickest way to make soda bread for unexpected guests who drop by for a bit of craic (good fun). It’s best eaten fresh with butter and jam. Have you had the Kerrygold brand butter in the photo’s? It’s so very delightful, rich, and flavorful!
Irish food is known for the quality and freshness of its ingredients. Most cooking is done without herbs or spices, except for salt and pepper. Foods are usually served without sauce or gravy.
The staples of the Irish diet have traditionally been potatoes, grains (especially oats), and dairy products. Potatoes still appear at most Irish meals, with potato scones, similar to biscuits or muffins, a specialty in the north. The Irish have also been accomplished cheesemakers for centuries. Ireland makes about fifty types of homemade “farmhouse” cheeses, which are considered delicacies.
Let take a look at some of the breath-taking places to visit in Ireland. . . someday I want to go and explore it all!
Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction. . .
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, founded in 1191, is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. With its 43-metre spire, St. Patrick’s is the tallest church in Ireland and the largest. The Cathedral is a place where history is alive and tradition breathes, where lives are remembered and transformed, and where all are welcome to experience and explore the loving presence of God. “A house of prayer for all nations”. . .
The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, on Kildare Street in Dublin, first opened its doors in 1890 and since then it has been filling in the blanks for us through its extensive archaeological collections. The Treasury which features outstanding examples of Celtic and Medieval art, such as the famous Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. Gaze in wonder at the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts in Europe, which is to be found in Or, Ireland’s Gold. Ramble through prehistoric Ireland and experience life at the same time of the Vikings in Viking Age Ireland. Medieval Ireland 1150-1550, documents life in Ireland in the age of cathedrals, monasteries and castles. . .
WOW, right?!?! I’m in head-over-heels in love with Ireland already 🙂
Irish Soda Farls only take just a few minutes to make and then you’ll be in heaven with every bite!
Thank you for joining me in my Culinary Journey! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
Much Love and Peace~
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Preheat heavy based flat griddle or skillet on medium to low heat.
- Place flour and salt in a bowl and sift in baking soda. Make a well in the center, and pour in the buttermilk.
- Work quickly to mix into dough and knead very lightly on a well floured surface. Form into a flattened circle, about ½ inch thick and cut into quarters with a floured knife.
- Sprinkle a little flour over the base of the hot pan and cook the farls for 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
*I adapted this recipe from Allrecipes and other rescources Foods by Nations, and Visit Doublin