This recipe came from one of my Irish cookbooks, titled Irish Food & Cooking. I wanted a rustic type of bread to go with the Great Northern Bean Soup that I was making. I didn't want to make a yeast bread, so this is the recipe I chose. It is a winner in our household. It is made with whole wheat flour that adds a little extra fiber to the diet, & since it does not use yeast, there is no waiting till it rises. I did end up using more buttermilk than what was called for & it turned out really good. I sliced it with my electric knife, & because i wanted a softer crust, I wrapped it in a towel.