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Wheaten Bread

My Wheaten Bead recipe has evolved over the years. There was a time when I couldn’t get coarse wholemeal flour and I had to improvise by adding wheat bran. There have been times when I’ve wanted to bake and discover I have no buttermilk in the house, so I’ve used yogurt or milk+lemon juice. And after moving to the US, I started to add maple syrup and molasses to my recipe to get a darker, denser loaf. So what it has become today, is some sort of Ulster-American Wheaten Bread.

The recipe, at heart, is a simple one. Flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk. And in my recipe, there is the addition of maple syrup and molasses. I find that a hint of sweetness and a hint of treacle improves the taste.

If you don’t have molasses, then use black treacle (I often do if I have some in the house, but it’s harder to find here in the US). I did a taste test when I was making my Treacle Scones and found that they are similar, although the treacle is a little sweeter.

If you don’t have maple syrup, then use golden syrup or honey. I frequently have all three in the house, but have stuck with maple syrup in my recipe now that we’re living in New England.

If you can’t get hold of coarse wholemeal/wholewheat flour (thankfully, I now can!) then regular wholemeal/wholewheat flour will work too.

And that’s it. You can have this ready to bake in the time it takes your oven to preheat. Then enjoy it with butter or cheese or smoked salmon+lemon or alongside a bowl of soup. It also makes great toast, if you have any left!


250g/8oz plain flour (all purpose flour)

250g/8oz coarse wholemeal flour (wholewheat flour)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp maple syrup or golden syrup/honey

1 tbsp molasses or black treacle

300ml/10fl oz buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C.

2. Sift flours, salt and baking soda into a bowl. If you’re using coarse wholemeal flour you’ll need to tip the bran into the bowl after the finer flour has been sifted.

3. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the syrup and molasses. Then add about three-quarters of the buttermilk and slowly mix until you have a soft dough, adding more buttermilk as needed.

4. Turn out onto a floured work surface and shape into a round, about 6″/15cm across. Don’t work the mixture too much, there is no need to knead!

5. Transfer to a floured baking sheet and slash the dough horizontally and vertically.

6. Place in the oven for about 30 minutes. As with all baking, your oven make bake this a little faster or slower than mine. Check your bread by tapping on the bottom, if it sounds hollow, you’re done!

7. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Slice and enjoy!

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Traditional Soda Farls

It’s been a while since I’ve had a savory recipe on the blog, so I thought it was about time to venture back into the ‘& more’ section of traybakes & more. It’s also been an even longer while since I made these Traditional Soda Farls (which my autocorrect keeps trying to change to farms!) but once I had made them, I was left wondering why I don’t make these more often. Wheaten bread is my usual go-to bake when I need bread in a hurry – and I’ll aim to have my recipe for that on the blog soon – then I made Soda Farls for the first time in ages and realized they are even easier and quicker to make.

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Fruit Soda Bread

Soda bread is remarkably quick and easy to make. There is no yeast involved, no proving or kneading, you just mix everything together, shape it and bake it!  All the rising comes from the reaction of the baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and buttermilk.

This Fruit Soda Bread is a firm favorite in the Traybakes’ household. While best eaten on the day it’s made (especially with a generous slathering of butter) it’s also good toasted, if you have any left after a day or two!

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