If you're out of yeast, and need bread right friggin' now, this is an excellent recipe.
It calls for buttermilk, but if don't have any (I never do), simply put 1 Tblsp lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring glass, then add enough cow's milk to make it 1 cup of liquid total. Let is sit for 5 minutes, and voila! Substitute buttermilk.
- 2 cups white flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tblsp sugar
- 6 Tblsp butter, cut into chunks
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Sift together flour, soda, salt, and sugar.
- Using your hands, cut butter chunks into flour mixture until it's the consistency of cornmeal.
- Gradually add the buttermilk and knead until thoroughly mixed.
- Put the dough on a greased baking sheet (making it into a round).
- Cut a cross in the top, so it has room to rise.
- Bake for 40-55 minutes at 375 degrees F.
- Let cool 10 minutes in pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Note: This is a very biscuit-like bread. It doesn't spread well, so you'll want to use it with soups instead of for sandwiches.
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