Whole Wheat Bread with Honey and Molasses

Oh man, are you guys gonna thank me for this one! You know how I’m learning to bake with freshly ground flour, and that one of my goals for this year is to learn to bake with molasses… well with this recipe I can kill two birds with one stone.

The man who runs the cannery in my area shared this recipe with me. I tried it out today for the first time, and boy, he wasn’t kidding when he said it was the best bread he’s ever tasted. It really is that good.

This recipe cheats and uses a bread machine to mix up the dough, but if you don’t have one, you could do it by hand. I’ll also include the directions for making this using a KitchenAid mixer, though I don’t have one myself.

Whole Wheat Bread With Honey & Molasses

 

  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour (I used freshly ground hard white wheat)
  • 1/2 Tbsp yeast

Put the ingredients in order into the bread machine pan, and press the dough setting.

When finished, dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin to flatten it into a rectangle, approx. 10×12 inches. (If using small loaf pans, split this dough in half and roll to the appropriate size for your pan. I use a 12″ loaf pan.)

Roll the dough up long ways, and pinch the ends together. Put in a greased and floured loaf pan, and let rise for 45 min – 1 hour.

Bake at 350* for 40-45 min. (30-40 min. for smaller loaves). You will know the bread is done when the top is nicely browned, and when you thump the bottom and it sounds hollow.

I like to rub butter over the top right after I take it out of the oven to keep the crust soft.

 

KitchenAid Directions

In a 5 qt mixer bowl, combine water, oil, honey, molasses and salt; mix well. In a smaller bowl, mix 1 1/2 c. flour with yeast. Add this to the liquid. Mix for 5 min on speed 3. Change to dough hook. Add remaining flour and mix on speed 2 for 5 minutes. Cover and let rise for 30 min. to 1 hour, or until double in size.

When the dough is finished, follow the directions same as above from after you remove it from the bread machine.

I let mine cool on a rack for about 5 min. before removing it from the bread pan to allow it to finish cooling on the rack.

This bread comes out just a tad bit sweet and so soft. It also slices perfectly for sandwiches.