Clare’s Wheaten Bread

If you’re going to be inside on a fall day, it’s nice to have the kitchen feel warm with the smell of baking bread.  For my next “new thing” from Diana Henry’s A Change of Appetite, I try Clare’s Wheaten Bread.  

The ingredients are:

  • 5 Tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk

I build on a previous “new thing” by finding another recipe using buttermilk. 

The bread mixes up fairly easily into a sticky dough.  You sift the flours and baking soda together, mix in the sugar and rub in the butter with your fingers.

Add the buttermilk.  The recipe says you may need to add more liquid or more flour but I find the recipe measurements work well.  Bring the dough together with your hands and put it into a loaf pan.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and oats and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.


With oats sprinkled on top, the bread is attractive enough to make a hostess gift.


I enjoy some with afternoon tea.

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