I was poking around in my mom's recipe box this morning - not looking for anything in particular...just looking. I came across this recipe and decided to make it. It has just cooled enough to cut and is wonderful spread with some cream cheese.
Preheat oven to 325° F. Mix together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk together buttermilk and molasses.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in 2 or 3 batches, making sure to incorporate all the flour at the bottom of the bowl. Mix until just combined. As the baking soda and molasses meet, they will hiss like two stray cats but that’s okay, just keep stirring. Once mixed, fold in any add-ins or just bake it plain.
Place a bit of butter flavored Crisco into either a loaf pan or a 7-inch cast iron skillet. Place pan in the oven until the shortening melts and skillet or baking pan is very hot. Remove, then swirl the melted Crisco around to fully grease the pan. Transfer batter into hot skillet or pan.
Place in oven and bake for one hour, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 – 15 minutes. Turn out on to wire rack and cool completely before slicing.
Store at room temperature tightly wrapped for a few days. Serve with your morning coffee or tea along with some sweet creamery butter and your favorite jam.