Honey-Buttermilk Oat Bread at Madame Jeanne's from Voyager

Honey-Buttermilk Oat Bread at Madame Jeanne's from Voyager

A knock at the door broke the tension.  It was a small serving maid, with a tray of supper.  She bobbed shyly to me, smiled at Jamie, and laid both supper -- cold meat, hot broth and warm oatbread with butter -- and the fire with a quick and practiced hand, then left us with a murmured "Good e'en to ye."

We ate slowly, talking carefully only of neutral things; I told him how I had made my way from Craigh na Dun to Inverness, and made him laugh with stories of Mr. Graham and Master Georgie.  He in turn told me about Mr. Willoughby; how he had found the little Chinese, half-starved and dead drunk, lying behind a row of casks on the docks at Burntisland, one of the shipping ports near Edinburgh.

We said nothing much of ourselves, but as we ate, I became increasingly conscious of his body, watching his fine, long hands as he poured wine and cut meat, seeing the twist of his powerful torso under his shirt, and the graceful line of neck and shoulder as he stooped to retrieve a fallen napkin.  Once or twice, I thought I saw his gaze linger on me in the same way -- a sort of hesitant avidity -- but he quickly glanced away each time, hooding his eyes so that I could not tell what he saw or felt.

Voyager, (Chapter 25)

Whoa -- Voyager kills me -- every time.  From the time Claire dons her Jessica Guttenberg, to her first steps through the door at A. Malcolm: Printer and Bookseller, to this first night at Madame Jeanne's (and, to tell you the truth, long after that), I am unavailable to the real world.  It is my favourite reunion show ever.

DG's rich, descriptive vision has the image of Jamie's fine, long hands burned forever in my mind's eye -- I could describe those paws down to the last knuckle hair -- but I'd much rather he used them to spread me another slice with butter.

honey-buttermilk oat bread

This oat bread from Madame Jeanne's is a white loaf made tender with buttermilk and sweet with honey.

As I've assumed before, Jeanne was a Madame of exquisite taste.  She would have imported the finest milled flour for her kitchen along with other necessities from Paris. The oats are in there to keep her Edinburgian customers happy, but they also lend the loaf a delicious softness that is almost irresistible fresh out of the oven.

And, if it lasts, it makes for fantastic morning toast the next day.


honey-buttermilk oat bread

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23 Jan 2012 - 2:43pm

Donna R

Mmmmm! This sounds really good - I'm making this next time!!


Donna -- I thought you might like this! Enjoy...

23 Jan 2012 - 4:25pm


Bread....It has it's own beauty!...... and boy is that a beautiful looking bread..I wish we had smell-a-photo!......exquisite! ..and as always ....YOU BRING IT! not half the way ...you really bring it....going all out....I want to touch, smell,and eat ...nBread makers are artists in my book!

23 Jan 2012 - 4:58pm

The Mom Chef …

Yes, I've had a few fantasies....er.....thoughts about Jamie's hands and fingers of my own. Of course, no one is that perfect (honestly, the man's only flaw is that he can't wink?) and has a fantastic personality. I guess that's why this is fiction. :)nnAnyhow, the bread definitely works for me. I love oats in my bread and I love the way this looks; melt in your mouth tender. Bravo!

23 Jan 2012 - 5:02pm

Liz Staveacre …

I'm definitely going to have a crack at this as the weekend. Delicious!


My favorite reunion ever too- I cry every time I read it (and I do find myself reading it over and over...) nThank you so much for including a substitute for buttermilk- how noticably do you think it would affect the taste?


We're all a bunch of lovable saps! You won't notice any taste difference if you bake with the clabbered milk Jenn, it's all really about replacing the acid found in the buttermilk. The acid helps to tenderize the bread. Great question! Theresa

23 Jan 2012 - 8:08pm

Ishtar Scott

cant wait to try this

23 Jan 2012 - 8:14pm

Kiri W.

I love honey oat bread, I've never tried a variety using buttermilk, though. Sounds and looks delicious!

23 Jan 2012 - 11:00pm

Lee Ann

All these breads are killing me! I so love bread and this one sounds amazing! And I think Voyager is my favorite. I speed-read through the first half until Claire is walking down Carfax Close...LOVE!

Lee Ann

I confess I revisited the book after reading this yesterday. Sigh...


It feels good to bare the soul, aye? If it makes you feel any better, I read the whole reunion scene over again yesterday too! ;)

24 Jan 2012 - 12:06am


Voyager was the first book I read in the series. I saw it in the bookstore one day with no idea that it was the 3rd in a series. I thought it sounds good, read it and the rest is history. I totally LOVE the whole series (though to be honest, I thought the last one was a rip off with all the loose ends she left) and completely agree with you about this one having the best reunion scene ever.nnAlso... now I want to make bread hehe

24 Jan 2012 - 1:04am


These recipes are KILLING me! I can't wait to try them all! I usually read the Outlander books at least once a year...I skipped last year and my reading was quite dull. Now that I can cook the food as well, my husband will really think I live in an alternate universe. But, let's be honest, in that universe, I don't have the demands of every day life!


I don't even want to know what my husband thinks of me when it comes to Outlander... ;)

24 Jan 2012 - 4:49am


One of my favorites ever! You are right it is the best reunion scene! The bread looks yummy, too.

24 Jan 2012 - 4:08pm


I would like to "pin" this on Pinterest! Do you have a Pinterest link?


You'll find all the Outlander Kitchen recipes on pinterest, Lorry. My username is Island Vittles (my other blog) -- I'd love to have you check it out. Follow me, and I'll follow you right back...theresa

26 Jan 2012 - 3:57am


Oh my somehow reading the series, I never really thought about the food, as my thoughts were somehow directed elsewhere ;) but this does look and sound verra tasty indeed!


Oooh, so you're a sex over food person, Sue? ;)

28 Jan 2012 - 3:21pm


I'm making this today. I'll let you know how it goes.


Get the butter ready, Lori...picture please!

28 Jan 2012 - 8:26pm


Just made this recipe-awesome! Thank you for this website and your talents! It is truly a labor of love, and I appreciate the humor, good recipes, and pictures. Thank you!


Ryno, thanks so much for checking back to let me know you like it -- and for your kind words too! Theresa

31 Jan 2012 - 7:06am

Mrs. Bugs Cin…

of Bonnets Balls, and at least a dozen readers contacted me to let me know they were baking Honey-Buttermilk Oatbread from Voyager and then you sent me picturesfabulous shots of all your homemade

03 Feb 2012 - 4:43am


I just found this website. How wonderful! The bread looks delicious - I'm going to bake some this weekend. I've recently finished rereading Voyager too ( I think it was the fourth reread). I just love the whole reunion story. Thank you for the recipes!


Glad to have you in the kitchen, Cindy!

06 Feb 2012 - 12:40am

Denise Twist

Having a wee dram while mine raises. I make all our bread and am excited about this recipe. Having it with Shepherd's Pie later in the Super Bowl. I'll let you know how it works out!


Slainte to you, Denise...here's to a successful rise! ;)

06 Feb 2012 - 3:58pm

Denise Twist

I had a wee dram while mine was raising yesterday afternoon. It turned out beautifully. We ate it for supper and again for breakfast!


Glad you liked it Denise! I always prefer my baked goods with a wee dram... ;)

13 Feb 2012 - 11:03am


Hi Theresa,n I made the bread a couple of days ago, soooooo good. The kids weren't too keen but that meant more for me to which I've no objection whatsoever. They didn't look as pretty as yours but I like the rustic look lol.nnAnd the reunion scene- sigh, sniff, sniff. The first time I read it my dh thought something really bad had happened I was sobbing so much, all I could do was point to the book, cue lots of eyerolling and laughing from him, then he took great delight in telling everybody !!n:-)


Funny! I was just talking about blubbing with these books with someone else this morning...our most embarrassing Outlander crying moments in public! LOL

05 Mar 2012 - 5:00pm

tami hottinger

snow day here means no work for me which means a great opportunity to make the bread to go with a beef stew for supper! hands down voyager's my favorite of the series also!

tami hottinger

WOW!!! your bread was SOOOO GOOODDDD!!!! my husband really liked it which is saying a lot because he considers homemade bread a hobby! this will be a county fair entry in august! and again THANK YOU SO MUCH!

15 Mar 2012 - 6:19pm

Lynn Eyermann

I actually got hubby to make this a couple months ago. He did fine tune it a bit as he only makes regular yeast-type breads and whole-wheat flour, but other than those small changes (well, rising time as well) it was tremendous! So I now have to get him to make it again!


Don't suppose you'd post your hubby's recipe with the "small changes" would you? I am trying to stick to Whole Wheat, and would love to see this recipe made with WW. Thanks!


Have you seen Jenny`s Everyday Bread, Fionna? It's 100% WW...gives you something to try while we wait for Lynn to answer. ;) http://outlanderkitchen.com/2011/11/28/jennys-everyday-bread-from-an-echo-in-the-bone/

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