BUTTERMILK CASSEROLE BREAD

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1 3 /4 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 / 3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
3 tablespoons butter, melted

1. Oven 350 degrees.
2. Grease with margarine and line the bottom of a 10- inch square casserole dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
3. In a bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Beat the eggs and with the buttermilk add to the flour mixture, while continually stirring with a wooden spoon. Lastly, add caraway seeds. Do not over mix the batter. Just stir until all seeds are blended well.
4. Pour batter into the casserole dish and pour the melted butter over the top.
5. Bake 1 hour or until golden and firm to touch. Cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with butter or plain.
6. ENJOY – Easiest bread you will ever make and no kneading before you bake!…..

This is a most interesting bread. It was a conversation piece when I served it to my dinner guests. Bread in a square casserole dish; who thought of that? Yet, it was moist and delicious, and then the requests for the recipe came in.

When going out to dinner, I noti ced a trend. Interesting breads were served in the breadbaskets placed on the table upon your arrival. Some bread is great, like the brown breads, the sourdoughs, the ryes and the multigrain. These are very interesting to try and are a great change from regular sliced Italian bread that was served for years. Actually, the first time I noticed a change was at an Italian restaurant where the breadbaskets were placed with the sliced Italian bread and bite size pieces of their house Sicilian pizza. Of course, these pizza bites were a huge hit and probably started the trend.

Then the butter started to disappear from the tables and dipping dishes with olive oil took their place. As a matter of fact, the last fancy dinner I went to served bread along with a red spread. We all were trying to figure out what was in it. The spread turned out to be a tomato & red pepper spread. Bread is a meal in itself now, and I am happy to have bread and a salad for lunch.

Bread is Bellisimo! I love trying new kinds of bread and new accompaniments with it. I hope you do to!

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