Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
To make the bread, mix the flours, salt,
bicarbonate and the walnuts in a mixing
bowl. Then stir in the buttermilk and oil,
followed by enough milk to make a very
soft, sticky dough.
Dust a baking tray with wholemeal flour
and shape the dough into a round, flat-ish
loaf on it. Dust with a little more flour,
slash the top a few times and bake for
30-35 mins until risen, crusty and cooked
through – it should sound hollow when
you tap the bottom of it.
Cool bread to just warm (or leave to
cool completely if preparing ahead), then
get the cheese ready. Unwrap the cheese
and put back into the box. Tie string
around the box in case the glue melts
in the oven. Drizzle the cheese with
walnut oil, season, then put in the oven
for 10 mins. Serve with slices of the
warm walnut bread and pear.