- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 cups flour
- 2 1/3 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon butter
Thoroughly combine baking soda, sugar, flour, salt and cream of tartar. Make a well in the center. Add buttermilk and mix lightly and quickly with a fork.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for one minute. Shape into a circle, about 1 1/2 inch thick. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Slash a large “X” in the top.
Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 40-45 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack. Brush top with butter while still warm. Cool before slicing to serve.
Variations: 1 cup raisins, craisins, citron or dried fruits and a few tablespoons caraway seeds may be added. 1/2 yogurt or sour cream and 1/2 milk may be substituted for buttermilk.