Traditional English Farl Bread Recipe

traditional english farl bread

Baking your own bread doesn’t have to be complex and my Traditional English Farl Recipe is a great beginners loaf.

Throw all the ingredients into a food mixer, let it do all the hard work, let it rise and bake.

My Traditional English Farl Bread Recipe couldn’t be simpler!

Ingredients for 1 loaf

500gstrong white flour, plus extra for dusting
3/4 tbspsalt
30ginstant yeast
300 mlwater, tepid

(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)


  • Put all of the ingredients into a food mixer with dough hook attachment and mix on a low setting for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the mixer up to a medium setting and mix for a further 5 minutes.
  • Leave the dough in the mixing bowl, cover with film and leave in a warm place to rise. You’re looking for it to double in size and this should take roughly an hour.
  • Line a baking tray and lightly flour the surface.
  • Flour your work surface and tip the dough out.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and then flatten the dough into a circle so that it’s approximately 2 inches thick.
  • Carefully place the dough onto the baking sheet and leave it in a warm place for another hour to rise.
  • In the meantime pre-heat your oven to 220°C fan/425°F.
  • After the dough has finished its final prove, cover the top of the dough with flour and using a sharp knife make vertical slashes down the dough.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Traditional English Farl Bread – ready to bake


  • This is a dry dough so don’t be tempted to add any more water while it mixes.
  • Bakers traditionally use a Lame tool to make cuts in the dough (see below) but I use a clean Stanley Knife.
  • The butter should be at room temperature.
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