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This authentic recipe will give a soft and pleasing taste for your next breakfast.  It must be made the day before or you can make it just before you go to bed and it will be ready and waiting for you to cut into it first thing in the morning.   It is really wonderful with some butter and fresh marmalade.   Enjoy!

Your Host,  Brad


4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 375F.  Grease a baking sheet or an 8-inch round cake pan.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda.   Gently toss to mix more thoroughly.  Add the buttermilk and stir briskly with a large fork until the dough holds together in a rough ball.  Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 30 seconds, then shape into an 8-inch round about 1 1/2 inches thick.  With a sharp wet knife, slash a large X across the top about 1/4 inch deep.   Place the formed dough on the prepared baking sheet or into the cake pan and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, until it is nicely browned and the X has slightly spread open.   Transfer to a rack to cool and then wrap in a slightly damp towel and let rest, on the rack, for at least 8 hours.


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