Molasses, Sultana and Oatmeal Bread (Abm / Bread Machine)

Total Time
55mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 50 mins

This loaf is a bit special - I have been requested for the recipe so many times I felt it would be nice to share it here. It is absolutely wonderful served cold or toasted with a nice orange marmalade or a ginger conserve/jam. (Plus butter or just with butter if you're into it!) To be honest it so resembles a cake I often cut a generous slice, chop it into squares and place in a bowl, tease a spoonful of marmalade or ginger jam across it, pour over some ready-made custard, then heat in the microwave for 1 minute. As a note for other UK readers: I tried it with Black Treacle instead of molasses one time (as Molasses is quite hard to find in the UK (and pricey) - and it had a very poor flavour by comparison - I've since found that the 'Holland & Barrett' UK Health Foods chain do a selection of different molasses at a very reasonable price). I've found that this loaf keeps well - perhaps because of all the sugar in the molasses. N.B. Cooking time listed is the baking time for my machine. Total time for my (LG) machine is 3 hours 20 minutes.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 280 ml water (room temperature)
  • 400 g white bread flour
  • 60 g blackstrap molasses
  • 15 g butter
  • 15 g nonfat dry milk powder (1 Tablespoon, Heaped)
  • 5 g salt (1 Teaspoon)
  • 55 g oatmeal (a.k.a. Porridge Oats in the UK)
  • 14 teaspoon vitamin C powder (optional but recommended.)
  • 1 12 teaspoons ground ginger (optional, to taste)
  • 1 dash ground cloves (generous optional)
  • 7 g bread machine yeast (Sainsbury's in the UK do 7g rather than the more usual 6g sachets (equals 1 1/2 Teaspoons approximat)
  • At Beep

  • 100 g sultanas (I prefer sultanas for their sweetness, mix these together with...) or 100 g raisins (I prefer sultanas for their sweetness, mix these together with...)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

Directions

  1. Weigh the main ingredients into the bread machine drum in the order listed.
  2. The ginger is optional and to taste (I love ginger so I'm a bit generous with it) but if leaving it out then it's probably best to leave the ground cloves out too.
  3. Into a small bowl weigh approx 100g sultanas and mix in a teaspoon of ground ginger to coat the sultanas well (if using ginger).
  4. Start machine on 'speciality' or 'raisin bread' cycle with normal crust setting.
  5. At about 5 minutes before the end of the second kneading or at the beep (if you trust your machine not to mash up the sultanas - mine is lethal to them so I ignore the beep and wait until only a few minutes remain of the second kneading) add the sultanas mixed together with the ground ginger.
  6. Measurements: I find blackstrap molasses is almost impossible to measure using a spoon as it's so incredibly thick and gooey and most of it stays on the spoon so I just pour it out of the jar - which can make for some rather hit and miss measurements. Taste-wise, I liked the strength of flavour best when I suceeded in pouring in 62g of molasses and used 103g of sultanas.
  7. Basically I think of this as cake without the all the fat and the calories :).
  8. Bakes a good-sized 1 1/2 Lb Loaf.
  9. Addition, tried December 2005 --
  10. I remebered that I had some crystallized ginger (a.k.a. candied ginger) in the cupboard and added 32g chopped up to about the size of the sultanas which I mixed with the fruit and ground ginger for adding at the beep. The quantity was probably a bit excessive and it does make the loaf a bit trickier to slice as ginger can be quite 'tough', but an idea to bear in mind if you have some in the cupboard and fancy it :).