• 250 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 250 g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 150 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 284 ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp caster sugar


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas 5.

  2. 2

    Mix together the plain flour, wholemeal flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub in, using your fingertips, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  3. 3

    Stir in the buttermilk and enough milk (start with 100ml) to mix to a stiff consistency, taking care not to over-mix. Knead very lightly on a floured surface and shape into a ball.

  4. 4

    Place the dough on a lightly floured baking sheet. Cut a 2.5cm-deep cross in the centre and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden and the centre of the cross feels firm

  5. 5

    Remove from the oven and wrap in a clean tea towel to cool.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 1185kj 283kcal 14%
  • Fat 4.1g 6%
  • Saturates 2.6g 13%
  • Sugars 6.1g 7%
  • Salt 1.1g 18%

% of the Reference Intakes

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