4 cups all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur)
4 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup softened margarine
1/4 cup melted butter
Lightly grease a large baking pan or sheet.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a stand-up mixer or large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, margarine, egg and 1 cup of the buttermilk.
Turn the dough out onto a flour-dusted surface, knead lightly and form into a round.
Place the dough onto the greased baking sheet.
Whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup of buttermilk and the melted butter in a small bowl.
Brush the loaf with the butter and buttermilk mixture.
Cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.
Bake in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean. You can brush the loaf once or twice with any leftover butter/buttermilk while it bakes.
(Based on a recipe by MP Welty)