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Irish Soda Farls 4p each

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I just love Soda farls and they’re so cheap to make. They’re great to serve up with soups and stews. Fabulous for breakfast sliced in half and stuffed with crispy bacon and lashings of HP sauce.

They are unbelievably quick and simple to make.  Most recipes call for them to be made with buttermilk but this can be substituted for ‘regular’ milk (full fat, semi skimmed) with a couple of spoonfuls of either vinegar or lemon juice.

No special equipment is needed, you don’t even need a rolling pin.  Just make up the dough and use your hands to shape it into a rough circle about the depth of your finger.  Cut the circle into four and you have your soda farls ready to be cooked!  It really is that simple.

If you’ve never tried them before, you really must give them a go.   They’re absolutely delicious, even better straight out of the pan cut in half and slathered in butter!

 

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Irish Soda Farls 4p per farl
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Farls
Ingredients
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Farls
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat a heavy based frying pan or skillet on a low to medium heat.
  2. You can make your own buttermilk substitute by adding a couple of tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice to milk and giving it a stir. It's ready to use straight away.
  3. Sprinkle some flour into the base of the pan. Lift the farls carefully into the pan as they're a bit delicate. Cook for 5-10 minutes on each side or until they're golden brown.
  4. Place the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the buttermilk.
  5. Form the dough into a flattened circle approximately the depth of your finger. Cut into quarters
  6. Work the mixture into a dough, take it out of the bowl and knead it lightly on a well floured surface so that it forms a stiff dough.
Recipe Notes

Recipe costings based on ingredients purchased from Aldi

  • 8p 250g plain flour (Aldi) 
  • 1p 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 8p 180ml milk 
  • 1p 2 tbsp vinegar 
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Hello world!

Hello world!

Hello and welcome to the Thrifty Cookbook blog

I’m Lou a forty-something mum to two young boys. I decided to set up a blog because I’ve always had a passion for cooking but since having the boys money has become tight. I wanted to start a blog of low cost recipes you can make with ingredients that are cheap but will still make delicious meals.  

I know the rising prices of food has meant that a lot of people are having to be more thrifty with the meals that they cook hopefully this blog can help with this. I have concentrated on recipes that are simple and easy to prepare but are still full of flavour.

I know a lot of people are dab hands at cooking, they’ve been doing it for years and might just be here looking for a bit of inspiration. That’s great but I’ve also included some posts for novice cooks who are new to cooking from scratch. I don’t want to teach my granny how to suck eggs but at the same time I thought these type of posts might be helpful to any newbie cooks.

I apologise but my food photos aren’t the best but with two young boys I haven’t got the time to faff about taking beautifully lit photos of the food I’ve prepared. My photos are honest pictures of the food, I’m usually taking a quick snap on my phone before shovelling it in my mouth and sorting out two squabbling boys!  All that matters to me is whether it’s nutritious and it tastes good. Gordon Ramsay or Paul Hollywood aren’t popping round to mine anytime soon!

I hope you like the recipes.

Love

Lou xx


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Hello world!

Hello world!

Hello and welcome to the Thrifty Cookbook blog

I’m Lou a forty-something mum to two young boys. I decided to set up a blog because I’ve always had a passion for cooking but since having the boys money has become tight. I wanted to start a blog of low cost recipes you can make with ingredients that are cheap but will still make delicious meals.  

I know the rising prices of food has meant that a lot of people are having to be more thrifty with the meals that they cook hopefully this blog can help with this. I have concentrated on recipes that are simple and easy to prepare but are still full of flavour.

I know a lot of people are dab hands at cooking, they’ve been doing it for years and might just be here looking for a bit of inspiration. That’s great but I’ve also included some posts for novice cooks who are new to cooking from scratch. I don’t want to teach my granny how to suck eggs but at the same time I thought these type of posts might be helpful to any newbie cooks.

I apologise but my food photos aren’t the best but with two young boys I haven’t got the time to faff about taking beautifully lit photos of the food I’ve prepared. My photos are honest pictures of the food, I’m usually taking a quick snap on my phone before shovelling it in my mouth and sorting out two squabbling boys!  All that matters to me is whether it’s nutritious and it tastes good. Gordon Ramsay or Paul Hollywood aren’t popping round to mine anytime soon!

I hope you like the recipes.

Love

Lou xx