Gooey Old-Fashioned Steamed Molasses Bread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Feb. 08, 2022
While I was growing up, the smell of this bread often greeted me as I walked in the door from school. I thought that everyone baked bread in a slow cooker. My grandmother, my mother and I—and now my daughters—all bake this. It’s comfort food at its best! —Bonnie Geavaras-Bootz, Chandler, Arizona
Gooey Old-Fashioned Steamed Molasses Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups All-Bran
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1-3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups hot water


  1. Layer two 24-in. pieces of foil. Starting with a long side, roll up foil to make a 1-in.-wide strip; shape into a coil. Place on bottom of a 5-qt. slow cooker to make a rack.
  2. Combine bran, flours, cranberries, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat egg, buttermilk, molasses and honey. Stir into flour mixture just until blended (do not overbeat). Pour into a greased and floured 2-qt. baking dish. Tightly cover with lightly greased foil. Pour hot water into slow cooker. Place baking dish on foil rack in slow cooker. Cook, covered, on high about 3 hours, until a thermometer reads 190-200°.
  3. Remove dish to a wire rack; cool 10 minutes before inverting loaf onto the rack. Serve warm or cold.

Nutrition Facts

1 wedge: 157 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 351mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

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