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Molasses is a thick, dark-brown syrup that is produced during the sugar refining process. The molasses in this recipe contributes to the unique flavour of this whole wheat bread. Makes 12 servings (slices).

Whole Wheat Molasses Loaf


1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup (125 mL) molasses
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk
1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour
2/3 cup (150 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) raisins (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

Beat together sugar and egg. Add molasses and oil.

In a separate bowl, blend dry ingredients; add to egg mixture with buttermilk; blend well. Mix in raisins, if desired.

Pour batter into greased 9 x 5 inch pan; let stand for 15 minutes.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Helpful Tips

To make your own buttermilk, place 1 tbsp (15 mL) of lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup. Add enough milk to bring the liquid to the 1 cup line on the measuring cup. Let stand for 5 minutes, then use as directed in the recipe.