Molasses bread

I love making bread. There is something deeply soothing in handling bread dough, letting it rise and shaping it. And I’m not even talking about the smell of freshly baked bread! Anyhow, I have been experimenting with different bread recipes lately and I particularly love bread with molasses in it. The caramelised flavour it confers to the loaf is just amazing. I’ve loosely used the recipe from Fast & Easy cookbook, the book that was sold with any TM31 in UK & Ireland.


Source: Fast & Easy cooking


270g strong wholemeal/granary flour
130g strong white bread flour
1 sachet fast instant yeast or 30g fresh yeast
1 tsp fine sea  salt
1tsp tsp sugar
200g water
50g olive oil
1 tbsp molasses



  1. Warm water and yeast 2 min/37C/speed 2.
  2. Mix in the other ingredients 6 sec/speed 6  (going progressively from speed 2 to 6 to avoid projection of water and flour onto the lid) to combine. The dough should form a ball and should begin to clean the sides of the bowl. If too dry, add a little more water and mix a few seconds more.
  3. Set timer to 2 minutes and set the Kneading function on. The mixture should end up soft and pliable and a bit tacky.
  4. Remove the lid, turn the bowl upside-down, undo the base unit and the dough will drop out, bringing the blades with it. Gather the dough together into a ball.
  5. Press lightly into a tin or make a loaf shape or rolls and place on the baking sheet.
  6. Brush lightly with olive oil, cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Bake 20 to 30 minutes for a loaf or 10 to 12 minutes for rolls at 220C.

7 Responses to Molasses bread

  1. Mmmmm, I can smell the molasses from here, Nora! What a lovely loaf.

    I’ve been finding that fresh yeast works brilliantly in my kitchen and my oven, giving my loaves and rolls a beautiful, fluffy crumb that ThermoHubby John loves. I’ll have to add a tablespoon of molasses to my next loaf and see if he likes it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. P.S. Je viens de commencer un nouveau blog en français – youpie ! Saveurs et Souvenirs propose des recettes préparées avec notre meilleur ami en cuisine, le Thermomix, ainsi que par les méthodes plus traditionnelles. J’espère que tu te joindras à moi pour ce voyage culinaire que nous avons déjà entamé !

  3. hum, un bon pain original et savoureux !

  4. joli pain ! bravo kisses !!

  5. il a une jolie couleur ton pain ! Bon après-midi, bises !

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