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old-fashioned-sweet-bread2This kind of sweet bread is a recipe your grandparents may have made years ago.  It is a light sweet bread made with butter, sugar and flour almost like cake.  You can frost it, sprinkle with powdered sugar or just eat it with butter.  This old fashioned bread is wonderful right out of the oven for breakfast with coffee or as a snack anytime.  Children love the sweetness.  You could add raisins, nuts or even fruit to this sweet bread recipe but we love it like the recipe says below.  I think you are going to really like this bread recipe. Make this recipe for a unique gift for a friend.


2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup buttermilk

6 tablespoons butter, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup white granulated sugar

2 eggs

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl.  Add buttermilk, butter, vanilla extract, sugar and eggs. Stir well with spoon.  Pour into a 9 x 5 bread pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 45 to 50 minutes or until center tests done.  Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.  Makes 1 loaf.  Enjoy!


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  1. Why no salt? Other recipes call for 1/4 teaspoon.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I don’t like to add salt to recipes if I don’t have to, so that is the way I make it. You’re welcome to make it however you like.

  2. this is my first time making your sweet bread and as I’m mixing it with my hand there are lumps in it. Should I be making sure all the lumps or out or are the lumps and important part of the recipe I think it happened when I poured in the melted butter and it stuck to the flour and made lumps. Thank you Rita

  3. Hello, I’m from Colorado and I have a friend that is from the south. His Granny use to make him sweet bread. I have been looking everywhere for the recipe. I’m thinking of trying sweet can milk instead of butter milk.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Chelsea, I do not make this bread any other way except by the recipe. I cannot advise you on using sweet canned milk. If you are talking about evaporated milk that might work but if you are talking about sweetened condensed milk I am not sure that would work in this recipe.

  4. Glenda Lord says:

    Sorry to say but I have been from top to bottom of your post and NO printer icon anywhere to be found. Enjoy your recipes and tips but wish you had the printer icon available.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I just added another print button to each post, it is at the top above the first picture. If you have my website saved you will probably need to refresh the screen a few times (F5) to have it show up. Hopefully this works.

  5. Darcie Merriweather says:

    I love ask the recipes you post and so meant delicious treats..i love the extra tips and hints you add to help those who are still learning to make delicious food

  6. Can regular milk be used in pace of buttermilk? I live in mexico and there is no buttermilk here and I don’t like the homemade buttermilk. Thanks

  7. Hi There – Happy New Year!
    I think you – and your blog – are just amazing. Recently I decided to begin a weekly recipe-sharing post called Weekly Roundup.. I just posted my very first Roundup – and included this delicious-looking recipe of yours. I love each and every recipe you post!! ; o )

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you! That was very sweet of you! I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes. What a beautiful farmhouse!

  8. Glynda P. Chambers says:

    This is really good baked in a black cast iron skillet, melt about 1/2 stick of margarine in the hot skillet then pour into the hot skillet and bake approximately 30 min. or until done.

  9. This makes a good snacking treat as is, and I’m looking forward to making it the next time with raisins and pecan chips. A very easy and versatile recipe. Thank you!

  10. Rosemary Carter says:

    I would love to print this and other recipes, but on my page there is no “print” icon and no green square .There are no twitter and FB icons either until I click on “Comment”. Suggestions?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      There should be a Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest icon along with a green printer icon that has a picture of a little printer in the square. They are right above where it says: Start your own blog in less than 20 minutes at the bottom of each page. If you cannot see them, you may need to refresh you browser or it must be something with your computer. We have checked with our tech people and they have assured us the icons are at the bottom of every page on the site.

    • I don’t see a green square or a print icon at the bottom of the page and refresh does not work either. So I right click my mouse and choose print that works fine. Thank you for your wonderful recipes.

    • The print icon is at the bottom of the recipe – in the same section as the icons for Pinterest etc. ; o )

  11. This looks like it would make a pretty good base for cinnamon rolls or breakfast pastries with very little tweaking of the recipe…

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