There are the stupidest things that I miss from the UK… the availability of soda farls being one of them. Although the ones we used to buy were factory made, I knew no better. I wasn’t into baking/making bread then. They used to be a treat for us in the weekend – I’d often grill them with Cheddar cheese.
Since working with allrecipes.com, I thought it was in my best interest to try out some of the UK/Ireland recipes. The farls were quick and easy to make and tasted wonderful.
WHOLE-WHEAT SODA FARLS
Makes 4 farls
Adapted from allrecipes.co.uk – Irish Soda Farls
- 300g (2 c) whole wheat flour*
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, blended with enough soy milk to make up to 240 ml (1 c)**
* Feel free to use plain flour
** You can use buttermilk, if you’re not dairy-free
1. Preheat a large non-stick frying pan.
2. Place flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir to mix.
3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk.
4. Work the mixture quickly to form a dough (trying not to over handle it).
5. Flatten to a circle on a floured surface and pat out to a 1.25cm (1/2 inch) thick circle.
6. Cut into quarters with a very sharp knife and transfer to the hot frying pan.
7. Cook each side until browned, about 6-8 minutes per side.
8. Cut in half horizontally and serve with lashings of butter and jam (or anything else you fancy).