|250 gm plain white flour|
|2 tsp baking powder/bicarbonate of soda|
|150ml buttermilk, thin yoghurt, milk or water|
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix in the buttermilk or other liquid to make a dough.
Knead briefly, 8 or 10 times at the most. (The acid in the buttermilk or yoghurt starts working with the baking powder almost immediately to act as a rising agent). Kneading too long will make the bread heavy and flat.
Shape the dough into a round. Pat to flatten until about 5cm high, flour all over and place on a baking tray. Now cut a cross in the top of the loaf, almost through to the bottom, then stab lightly all over.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the base.
Allow to cool for a few minutes, then serve warm with butter, a strong cheese, salmon pate - whatever takes your fancy.