It is St Patricks day here in the USA and you might want to add a little Irish Soda Bread to your dinner.
Or even easier: Make Soda Farl. Only four ingredients and they take literally minutes to put together.
Easy. Simple. Fast. These are my favourite words when it comes to a recipe.
You can have steaming Soda Farls on the table beside a great big mug of steaming hot tea (or coffee) in 30 minutes.
What is the difference between Soda Bread and Soda Farls? Soda bread is baked in the oven, farls are cut into quarters and are always cooked on a skillet on the stovetop or fire. Farls in Gaelic means fourths.
I think you could bake these on a hot rock Mad!
If you are running short of time or your oven is on the blink or you are travelling around New Zealand in a van , (yes I am talking to you Deb), ou can make these little breads in a heavy bottomed pan on your tiny stove top.
I have read them described as farl and farls so I need a real Irish person to pop in and set me straight. Aunty Google does not always get these things right.
I was looking about for the recipe and found that A_Bolyn has been cooking these too! – Farls Good morning Ms Bolyn!
If you don’t have buttermilk
These really are quite delicious and being only a small portion of bread (which is a good thing around bread gluttons such as myself), there was only a tiny bit left before I remembered to take a photo for you!
The word ‘Farl’ comes from the Scottish word ‘fardel’ which refers to a three-cornered cake or the fourth part of a round.
Enjoy a little Irish today.
PS Six generations ago my Irish ancestors came to New Zealand from Galway. So my children are 7th generation New Zealanders and my grandchildren are 8th generation New Zealanders. And we love to be able to tell people we can trace our heritage back to Irish, Italian and good old British.
Though we are New Zealanders through and through.
Families are such convoluted things!
This is so delicious 😋
Delicious and so simple!
Cannot resist quoting The Bard: ‘For who would fardels bear?’ PS: It is St Patrick’s Day wherever there are Christians, far as I know 🙂
There you are! I knew Shakespeare would pop out somewhere!!
So it is at Patrick’s day all over the place?
Well, the whole world isn’t Christian but, yes, wherever the Christian churches have a presence. It isn’t only the Catholic Church that reveres the saints. Of course, Americans have taken it over and turned it into something totally commercial and over the top, as we do. I was in Dublin once just before St. Patrick’s Day and asked a local how they celebrated there. He replied, ‘Well, if we can afford it, we go to Chicago or New York where they know how to party!’
That’s really funny!
All 4 of my grandparents were born and raised in Ireland. Maternal grandparents from Armagh, paternal, Galway. Because I’m old, I knew them all.
Wow – I never met any of my Irish lot – they were way back. How wonderful to have known them all!
Hot rocks – I bet people did that in the past, or on top of a range.
My stepmother is from Galway! Her family are farmers.
My fathers middle name was Galway.
They were a tough lot those early Irish!
My stepmother’s a Murphy!
Lordy – swing a cat in any bar in NZ and you will hit a Murphy!
I think it’s the most common Irish name!
Since Doyle is my maiden name, and my family is 6 generations here from Ireland… it’s always fun to Be Irish! Thank you for the recipe! Happy Wearing of the Green today!
Yes! Though wearing black as usual!! Though my overalls are a plum colour because that was what was on sale!! (laughter)
🙂 I like colors and I like black —so it all works!
Hope your day was lovely!
I’d not heard of these, but they look really easy and delicious!
I thought you might like these! Dead simple and So tasty served warm.
I had just last evening heard about these from this video I was watching https://youtu.be/gvy6mL9pECU How appropriate that you should post the recipe for me!
Not a baker. But I’m tempted to try these just to show my friends that I can. As you know in New Zealand housewives are all great cooks and those of us who are just incomers even though we’ve been here since 1967; just don’t cut the mustard. BTW I have no idea where don’t cut the mustard came from. Wild weather here in Wellington tonight – the wind is surely gale force.
Well, you should. It is easy and tasty. They have to like caraway though. It is not an historically Irish recipe though as it calls for margarine.
Hi Donna. My mother used to make a caraway seed cake. It was okay but nothing to write home about
Well, that’s too bad. For some reason for me the raisins and caraway were a nice combination.
I apologize. I thought your were replying to my soda bread post. This one is authentic and you should definitely try it!
Oops sorry Donna. That comment was meant for Cecilia. But I am happy to talk to you. Just popping over to your blog to see what you are up to.