Bread is “very satisfying” to make, our young chefs tell us. This whole wheat and oats soda bread is a wholesome, hearty bread , especially good made with BC local ingredients. Perfect any time of day.

Yield: 2 X 6-inch loaves
Preparation time: About 20 minutes
Baking Time: About 45 minutes



  • 2 cups (500 ml) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 ml) whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup (125 ml) large-flake oatmeal
  • ¼ cup (50 ml) raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. (4 ml) salt
  • ¼ cup (50 ml) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) brown sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk (250 ml)
  • 1 cup whole milk (250 ml)
  • Extra flour, for work surface


  • Large-sized bowl
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk or fork
  • Microwave-safe bowl, or small pot
  • Rubber spatula
  • Pastry cutter (A.K.A “Fred”)
  • Bread knife
  • Baking sheet lined with parchment paper


1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Measure the flours, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together and put aside for now.

4. Melt the butter for 20 second intervals in a micro-wave safe bowl in the microwave, or in a small pot on the stove-top over a low heat.

5. Place the melted butter into a medium-sized bowl. Add the brown sugar and whisk together.

6. Whisking constantly, add the buttermilk and whole milk in a slow, continuous stream.

7. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and mix together with a rubber spatula. The dough will be sticky.

8. Generously flour your work surface then scrape the dough on to it. Cut into 1/2 with a pastry cutter. Gently shape each piece into a 6-inch round loaf. With a bread knife, score the top into sixths (a Y shape into thirds and then cut each piece in . again). Dust the top with flour.

9. Place the loaves on the prepared baking sheet. And bake for 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to 350 F and continue to bake for about 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

10.Remove to a cooling rack.








Preheat oven to 425 F. Line baking sheet with parchment or grease pan. Gather ingredients.

Measure dry ingredients. Whisk together.

Melt butter. Mix with brown sugar. Whisk in buttermilk and whole milk. You can add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to milk and leave for 15 min. to substitute for buttermilk.

Pour milk mixture into flour mixture. Fold in.

Scrape onto floured surface. Cut in half. Shape into two 6 inch rounds.

Dust with flour. Score into quarters with bread knife.

Bake 15 minutes at 425 F. Bake additional 25 – 30 minutes at 350 F or until toothpick comes out clean when poked in centre.


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