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Shortnin' Bread 

From Margaret Nichol

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 cup molasses

1 egg, slightly beaten

Combine first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Blend well and set aside. Dissolve soda in buttermilk and set aside. Combine butter and molasses in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the flour mixture. Stir in butte rmilk and egg. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10 inch iron skillet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in skillet for 10 minutes and invert onto plate. Slice in pie shaped wedges. 

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