140 g bread flour
350 g whole meal flour
1 1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp Caster Sugar optional
60 g Butter
450 ml Buttermilk
6 tbsp Vegetable Oil or melted butter
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (gas mark 6).
Lightly flour a baking tray or 23x12cm loaf tin.
Sift together the bread flour, wholemeal flour, salt, bicarb of soda, and 2 teaspoons sugar in a bowl.
Rub the butter into the flour mixture
Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the oil and buttermilk. Stir with a spatula until dry mixture is completely moistened.
Move the dough to a lightly-floured surface. Lightly knead the dough for no more than 1 minute.
Shape and place the dough on a baking tray (or into the prepared tin).
Cut a cross into the top of the loaf with your finger.
Brush the top with milk or buttermilk.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 180 degrees C (gas 4); rotate tin and bake another 30 minutes.
Allow loaf to cool on a wire rack before slicing