Recipe: Granny’s Wheaten Loaf

by Elaine Egan on May 4, 2011

This is an easy recipe that makes a tasty, comforting loaf that is packed full of fibre.

Makes: 1 small loaf  Homemade bread

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 50 min


  • 300g of wholemeal flour
  • 155g of plain flour
  • 1 tbsp of black treacle
  • 2 tbsp of natural yoghurt
  • 200ml of milk
  • 1 egg, preferably free range
  • 1 tsp of bread soda


    1. Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 5 / 190C. Thoroughly grease a loaf tin.
    2. Take a large mixing bowl, put in all the flour, bread soda and black treacle.
    3. In a jug, mix together the yoghurt, milk, eggs and whisk thoroughly.
    4. Add the contents of the jug to the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until you have a wet, sticky mixture.
    5. Pour this into your loaf tin and bake until it is nicely brown all over and risen.

    You can check the loaf is cooked by sticking a skewer in to the middle of the loaf – if it comes out clean it’s cooked. A cooked loaf will sound hollow if you turn it over and knock the bottom of it.

    If this bread is sliced too soon after baking it will crumble. It is best to leave it to cool thoroughly and, if you can resist, it tastes even better the next day.

    Serving Suggestions

    Try adding a couple of handfuls of sunflower and pumpkin seeds into the dry mix. This is a great way to encourage kids to eat seeds. Alternatively, try adding some wheat germ or bran.

    This bread, together with some soup, makes a satisfying healthy lunch.

    Does your family have a favourite brown bread recipe? Why not share it in the comments box below.

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