People often think that these are the same thing but in fact they are different, soda farls tend to be eaten further north in Ireland where as potato farls are more of a southern food. They are however cooked the same way, in a frying pan on top of the cooker rather than in the oven the way that most breads are.

The recipe for Soda Farls contains

450 g flour (I use self-raising flour)

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

300 ml buttermilk

Just place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and give them a quick mix, make a well in the middle and add the buttermilk, then simply work it into a dough. Turn out on a floured surface and knead it a little. Roll it out into a rough circle that’s around a half-inch thick. Cut the circle into 4 quarters (that’s what the word farl refers to). Sprinkle some flour into a well heated heavy based frying pan and place the 4 farls in it. Cook for about 6mins on each half over a medium heat.

The Potato Farl recipe contains

500g of mashed potato (it needs to be warm)

1tsp salt

30g of plain flour

1tbs of melted butter

My nan always added one beaten egg and therefore so do I

Mix all the ingredients till a dough forms, turn onto a well floured surface and knead slightly. Then roll out into a circle that’s about 1/4in thick and cook in the same way as the soda farls but these will only take about 3mins on each side.

For me the best way to have potato farls is to fry some black pudding and once cook mash it up, cook the farls in the same pan then push the crumbled pudding into the top of the farls making a sort of dent in the middle, crack an egg in there and place under a very hot grill, while the egg cooks fry some bacon in the same pan, its fucking awesome.

As always, enjoy!

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