This sweetly spiced bread is a perfect accompaniment to any Christmas dish.
300 ml buttermilk
50 ml molasses
1 tsp aniseed
195 g plain flour
100 g flour blend (in Finland sämpyläjauho)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground bitter orange peel
½ tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 175 °C. In a bowl, mix together the buttermilk and molasses. Grind the aniseed with a mortar and pestle. Mix together the rest of the ingredients in another bowl, then stir into the wet. Pour the batter in a loaf tin (about 2 l) and bake on the bottom rack for 45 minutes.