Molasses Bread

Living in King County, Washington has a few perks and one is our library system. The county has 46 libraries and is the busiest in the United States based on circulation, which means the system has a lot of books. A lot. Whenever I need inspiration I look online for book ideas and always find something I haven’t read before. This visit was no different. I brought home a 1997 copy of Bread Machine Baking for All Seasons: Delightful Recipes for Year-Round Pleasure.

Compared to modern cookbooks it is a simple book. No photographs, all simple print. No lack of recipes though, with plenty to choose from. The cookbook is easy to use, to the point. I tested out a loaf of Molasses Bread, from pages 158-159, for the first bread of the week. As I have talked about a bit in the past, bread making was one of my biggest obstacles to going processed food-less. It is too easy to buy a loaf of bread every couple of days for lunches. As long as I keep the bread machine on the counter I will use it. And I quit keeping commercially made “backup” bread in the freezer. Backup bread would end being “daily” bread. With no safety net I am required to make bread every 1 to 2 days. But I know exactly what is in the bread. And so as I get into the routine Sunday night is my first baking of the week. And while it might seem unobtainable, think of it this way: it only takes 10 minutes or less to pull the ingredients together and to get a loaf on. Then walk away. 3 or 4 hours later the bread is baked and you just need to cool and wrap it! It is that simple.

This loaf of bread also marks a goal accomplished. I used up the last of my all-purpose white flour. Gulp. From now on it is white whole wheat flour and soon I will be grinding my flour as well (the crutch of ready to use flour is nearly used up!).

Molasses Bread


  • ¾ cup water (80°)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2¼ tsp active dry yeast


Add the ingredients in order listed (or as your bread machine directs), making a well in the top for the yeast.

Set for white/basic, 2 lb loaf, medium crust.

After baking, remove, and knock out of pan, let cool fully before slicing.

Makes one 2 pound loaf.

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  1. My mom baked most of the bread for our family for a few years, the smell of freshly baked bread is a wonderful memory from my childhood. I think that is great that you are making your own bread! I like the every 2 days plan too. Good luck!