Short’nin’ Bread

All-purpose, graham or whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, buttermilk, butter, molasses, egg.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil and flour a 10-inch iron skillet.

Dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk.

Lightly beat an egg.

Grate cinnamon & nutmeg into flour.

Bring butter and molasses to a boil, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and allow to cool several minutes.

Stir molasses mixture into flour and combine well.

Stir buttermilk into flour and combine well.

Stir egg into flour and combine well.

Turn batter into perpared skillet and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

Cool and serve.

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Fotch dat dough fum the kitchin-shed—
Rake de coals out hot an’ red—
Putt on de oven an’ putt on de led,—
Mammy’s gwineter cook som short’nin’ bread

“A Short’nin’ Bread Song—Pieced Out”
James Whitcomb Riley, 1849-1916