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Gooey Old-Fashioned Steamed Molasses Bread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + cooling


16 servings

When I was growing up, the smell of this bread greeted me as I walked in the door from school. I thought everyone baked bread in a slow cooker. Like my grandmother and mother, my daughters and I now bake this glorious comfort food. —Bonnie Geavaras, Scottsdale, 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


  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. Place in prepared 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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  • barbara
    Dec 19, 2020

    sounds good-anyone consider or try making it in soup cans or veggie cans? might be easier to fit into the slow cooker

  • Shannon
    May 31, 2020

    The flavor of this bread/cake is quite good. However, the recipe leaves out an important step, the addition of water in order to create steam. We attempted to make this recipe as written, and after 4 1/2 hours in a slow cooker it was still not completed. We added an inch of water, and it was done within an hour. We recommend covering the top with foil, sealing it with a rubber band, and adding an inch or two of water to help with heat distribution and proper cooking.

  • Kathy
    Apr 2, 2019

    I am having trouble finding a 2 quart dish that fits in my Slow-cookers (I have 3 of them) I made it with a 1-1/2 qt dish, while it tasted great, it looked as though it would have risen more if it was in the right size dish.