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Prep time
15 minutes
Total time
55 minutes
1 large round loaf, 10 to 12 inches in diameter

4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 to 3 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 ½ cups buttermilk

2 Tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter



1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

2. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk and the oil or butter. Stir together until blended—some lumps will remain.


1. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead about 10 times, or until it all holds together.

2. Form it into a large ball and place it on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut a deep cross in the top.


1. Bake the bread in a preheated 400°F oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until it tests done (a cake tester inserted into the center will come out clean.)

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Nutrition facts per serving:  Calories: 150 , Total Fat: 2.5 g, (Saturated Fat: 0 g), Sodium: 300 mg, Carbohydrate: 27 g, Fiber: 4 g,  Protein: 4 g.

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