prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 45 minutes
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 - 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1. heat oven to 425 degrees. brush a baking sheet with melted butter.
2. combine the dry ingredients in a deep bowl. gradually stir in 1 cup buttermilk, beating constantly, until dough is firm enough to be gathered into a ball. if dough crumbles, add up to 1/2 cup more buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it holds together.
3. place on a lightly floured board and pat into a 8-inch flattened round loaf. place loaf on baking sheet and slash a 1/2-inch deep "x" into the top of the dough. bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden.