Grandma's Molasses Bread Recipe

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"We converted some bread recipes from my husband's grandmother for use in the bread machine," writes Jeannie Thomas, Kokomo, Indiana. "This dark, slightly sweet bread is great toasted."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 3-4 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 3-4 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup warm milk (70° to 80°)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 120 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). Yield: 1 loaf (about 1-1/2 pounds).
Editor's Note: We recommend you do not use a bread machine's time-delay feature for this recipe.
Originally published as Grandma's Molasses Bread in Quick Cooking November/December 1999, p41

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beth clark User ID: 1985117 241867
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"I have been making this recipe for years-it is the best rye bread recipe I have found - it rises nicely which some recipes do not"

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