• 450g (1lb) whole wheat flour
  • 65g (2 1/4 oz) wheat germ
  • 65g (2 1/4 oz) wheat bran (oat bran)
  • 225g (8oz) pin-head oatmeal (quaker oats or steel cut oats)
  • 2 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 liter (1 3/4 pints) buttermilk
  • Sesame seeds and wheat germ to sprinkle on top of loaf

Pour all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Then stir in the buttermilk to make a moist dough.

Divide the dough between 2 greased (2lb) loaf tins which have been dusted with wheat germ. Smooth the top and make a spacious cross on each one with a floured knife. Sprinkle with wheat germ and sesame seeds.

Place in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 275 degrees and bake for 1 hour.

When the loaves are cooked, remove from the oven and partly cool in the tins, then turn out and leave to cool completely on a cooling rack.