Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
All-Purpose Flour (4 cups)
Salt (1/2 Tbsp)
Granulated Sugar (1 Tbsp)
Baking Soda (1 tsp)
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, add the
, and beat with a fork to incorporate slightly. Add the
Buttermilk (1 3/4 cups)
, followed by the
Butter (2 Tbsp)
and stir with a rubber spatula until combined. Mixture will be sticky.
Grease a 9 to 10 inch cast iron skillet with butter. Set aside.
Lightly flour your hands and sprinkle a little flour over the sticky dough ball. use your hands to scrape the dough from the sides of the bowl and to quickly shape the mass into a ball, kneading lightly if necessary. Transfer to prepared skillet.
Sprinkle with a teensy bit more flour. Use a sharp knife to make an X across the top of the dough ball. Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until lightly golden and bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
Remove from oven, transfer to cooling rack, and let cool for 15 minutes before slicing.