250g Wholemeal Flour
250g Plain White Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
2 tbsp Oat Bran
Pre-heat the oven to 210°C or fan oven 195°C.
Sift and mix all dry ingredients, make a well in the centre and add the buttermilk.
The mixture should be soft and floppy (if not, add a little more buttermilk). Knead on a floured surface for half a minute making a round shape.
Place on a floured metal baking tray or tin.
Cut a cross using a floured knife and put in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 190°C for a further 35 minutes (if using a fan oven the temp should be 195°C and 175°C).
Tap the base of the bread it should make a hollow sound.
If not, put back in the oven for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and wrap in a cotton or linen tea towel, standing it on its side (this softens the crust).