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

READY IN: 55mins


  • 280
    ml water (room temperature)
  • 15
  • 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)


  • Weigh the main ingredients into the bread machine drum in the order listed.
  • 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.
  • Into a small bowl weigh approx 100g sultanas and mix in a teaspoon of ground ginger to coat the sultanas well (if using ginger).
  • Start machine on 'speciality' or 'raisin bread' cycle with normal crust setting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Basically I think of this as cake without the all the fat and the calories :).
  • Bakes a good-sized 1 1/2 Lb Loaf.
  • Addition, tried December 2005 --
  • 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 :).