My mum has been making this wheaten soda bread on a daily basis for the last 30 years - in fact, maybe longer than that! Recently, she started sprinkling the dough with sesame and pumpkin seeds, which adds a delicious nutty flavor to it. Lightly butter and serve with soup, smoked salmon, or cheese. Wheaten bread is best eaten within a day or lightly toasted the next day. It freezes really well for up to a month.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly flour a 2-pound loaf pan.

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  • Sift whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk gently. Bring dough together using your hands. Sprinkle sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds over the dough; toss dough around the bowl a few times to coat with seeds. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is browned and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 40 minutes. Wrap loaf in a clean dish towel and let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

My mum bakes this bread in an Aga and places a loaf tin on top to keep it moist and prevent it from burning.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 9.4g; carbohydrates 41.1g; fat 2.5g; cholesterol 2.1mg; sodium 507.2mg. Full Nutrition
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