• 170g/6oz self raising flour

• 170g/6oz plain flour

• 1 ½ tsp salt

• ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

• 290ml/ ½ pint buttermilk


1) Preheat oven to 400f/200c/gas 6

2) Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda, into a large mixing bowl and stir.

3) Make a well in the centre, and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough. (depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff, but should not be too wet or sticky!)

4) Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.

5) Form into a round, and flatten the dough slightly, before placing on a slightly floured baking sheet.

6) Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30 mins or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

7) Cool on a wire rack.

To make the buttermilk add 4 squeezes of lemon juice to 290ml to milk, a clotting or cheese like effect should take place.