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Ben W Bell Soda Bread Farl 05 June 2007.jpg
A soda bread farl. This would have been connected to the rest of the bread along the straight upper and right edges
Type Bread shape
Cookbook: Farl  Media: Farl

A farl (from Irish fardel, meaning 'four parts')[1] is any of various quadrant-shaped flatbreads and cakes, traditionally made by cutting a round into four pieces. In Ulster, the term generally refers to soda bread (soda farls) and, less commonly, potato bread (potato farls), which are also ingredients of an Ulster Fry.

It is made as farls (that is to say, flat rounds about 3/4 inch thick which are then cut into quarters). Modern commercially mass-produced potato farls, however, are often rectangular in form.

In Scotland today, the word is used less than in Northern Ireland, but a farl can be a quarter piece of a large flat scone, bannock, or oatcake. It may also be used for shortbread when baked in this particular shape.[2]


Farl is derived from the Gaelic fardel, meaning "four parts"[3], which explains why it is cut into 4 quarters upon serving.[4]. The Scots Gaelic fardell also means 'a fourth' or 'a quarter'.


A farl is made by spreading the dough on a girdle or frying pan in a rough circular shape. The circle is then cut into four equal pieces and cooked. Once one side is done the dough is flipped to cook the other side.

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  1. ^ "Irish Potato Farls". 8 March 2006. 
  2. ^ "Farl". Dictionary of the Scots Language. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  3. ^ Group, Kate Reynolds Small Newspaper. "Origins of Irish soda bread come from America". 
  4. ^ "Potato farls recipe (Caribbean style) - That Girl Cooks Healthy". thatgirlcookshealthy.com. 

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