Bishops' Bread

Recipe from

Oxmoor House


1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten


Dissolve soda in buttermilk; stir well, and set aside.

Combine flour, sugar, and salt; stir well. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Reserve 3/4 cup flour mixture for topping.

Add baking powder, cinnamon, buttermilk mixture, and eggs to remaining flour mixture; stir well.

Pour batter into a well-greased 9-inch square pan. Sprinkle reserved flour mixture over batter, and press into batter. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.