Whole wheat molasses quick bread – a family favourite

Servings: 8-10 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

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Whole wheat molasses quick bread tastes like my favourite molasses brown bread.

Believe it or not this is a quick bread — no yeast, no rising and ready in no time.  It’s like the flip-flops of the bread world – quick, easy, just right for summer.

This summer discovery is all thanks to Crosby’s Facebook fan Heather Andrews. She posted last month that she makes a delicious whole wheat molasses bread.

Who could resist? I asked for the recipe and baked it this week.

A quick bread that tastes like my favourite molasses brown bread.

I assumed this bread would be more like a regular tea bread so got a great surprise when it reminded me more of my favourite molasses brown bread. Minus the time to prepare. (Not that I mind taking the time to bake yeast bread, when it’s not so hot out).

Here is Heather’s recipe. I made it straight up, not nuts or dried fruit this time. Also, I used stone ground flour so my batter was thinner than it would be with conventional flour but the texture of the baked loaf was fab.


Heather’s Whole wheat molasses quick bread recipe

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups buttermilk or soured milk*
  • 3 tablespoons Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lightly-salted butter or 1 ½ tablespoons margarine, melted
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • ½ cup dark seedless raisins or any other dried fruit (optional)
  1. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Beat egg in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk, molasses and butter. Stir in flour mixture. Mix in walnuts and dried fruit (if using).
  4. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake 40 minutes to an hour, or until well browned and a tester comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool.

*NOTE:  To replace buttermilk, just add one tsp. vinegar to each one cup of milk, or replace ¼ of the milk with plain yogurt.

Another variation from Heather: Add ½ cup prepared mincemeat and reduced the milk by about ¾ cup.

4 thoughts on “Whole wheat molasses quick bread – a family favourite

  1. Betty Ann Hebert says:

    Hi, I’m going to bake this bread for St. Pat’s Day on Sunday. Thanks for this recipe.

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Betty Ann, I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Carla says:

    Molasses is one of my favourite childhood flavours. These foods including Rodgers Golden Syrup, Busy Bee Honey, Peanut Butter, Miracle Whip Mayonnaise brought many a sandwich to life. Homemade jam, any fruit, marmalade and homemade jelly were also great flavours for child and adult palates. Unfortunately, much brainwashing has caused these flavours to fall out of favour with many parents. Stuffing your mouth with sugary cereals and pop tarts nowadays have brought nothing but calories and artificial flavours to any 21st century child’s tastebuds. No wonder obesity is on the rise among kids.

    1. Hi Carla, I couldn’t agree more…There’s nothing like homemade foods made with good, wholesome ingredients.

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