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Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread, sliced on a slate tray with a bowl of jam and butter

Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread

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This Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread is top-notch with buttermilk for a tender crumb, molasses for sweetness and cornmeal for some extra body!

Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread, sliced on a slate tray with a bowl of jam and butter

Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread

Dark, dense soda bread remind me of our time in Ireland. The kids were enthralled with touring castles with murder holes over their gated entries, whereas I was obsessed with the yummy bread offered at every pub.

This whole wheat molasses quick bread was moist, flavorful and irresistible, and just as amazing as those Irish loaves. My friend, Susan, brought this bread to one of our holiday celebrations. I immediately asked for the recipe. Don’t you love having such talented foodie friends? I’m lucky to be surrounded by them, and they’re always generous with their recipes.

Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread

Easy Whole Wheat Bread

This Mark Bittman recipe came together in just a few minutes. This Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread needs buttermilk for added essential moisture and the molasses provided a sweetness in addition to some depth of flavor. Baked for a full hour, you will love a thick slice smeared with butter.  We adored this Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread.

Be careful not to over mix the batter as that will cause tunnels. Just mix until the flour is incorporated. Never use a mixer with a quick bread.

Sweeter than the typical Irish soda bread, hearty and satisfying, it’s one I’ll make again and again. And it was surprisingly moist the next day, not that there was much left. But I made sure it didn’t get a chance to go stale. Now scurry on into your kitchen and make this wonderful Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread!

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Whole Wheat and Molasses Quick Bread

Whole Wheat and Molasses Quick Bread

A hearty quick bread flavored with molasses

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 1 loaf


  • 1 2/3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup molasses


  1. Preheat the oven to 325. Butter a large loaf pan.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients. Stir the molasses into the buttermilk. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients, mixing just till combined, then pour into the loaf pan. Bake until firm and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool on a rack for about 15 minutes before removing from the pan.


Adapted from Mark Bittman.

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47 comments on “Whole Wheat Molasses Quick Bread”

  1. This bread looks incredible, I love the rich color from the molasses and wheat flour!

  2. Amazing combination… Looks so perfect. Wishing you a very happy new Year Liz!

  3. It does sound like a hearty bread, I love molasses! Happy New Year:@)

  4. Yummm! Lizzy happy New Year!!

  5. That looks wonderful. I too loved the delicious breads when we travelled in Ireland and came home with one of our host’s Soda Bread recipe that he served warm and delicious each morning! It was hard, however, to find the right flour as our’s seem to be much finer processed that that in Ireland?
    I must try this recipe – thanks for sharing.

  6. That dense look just makes me want to have one right now and the ingredients are so simple as well.


  8. I’m scurrying Liz! Well, I need to get some molasses first.
    I hope you have a very, very happy year ahead. I can’t wait to see what you bring and share here. You certainly brighten my days with your friendship and posts.

  9. Love quick breads and this one sounds wonderful with the whole wheat and buttermilk. Looks great! Happy New Year Liz 🙂

  10. Yea!!! Quick bread with no yeast and whole wheat too!!! I just luv having “talented food friends” who share recipes, lol…Thank you Liz:) Wishing You and Yours a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year!!! I just know it is going to be a delicious one!!!

  11. This looks wonderful! I love the depth of flavor that molasses adds to dishes, and quick breads are always welcome in my house. Beautiful!

  12. Oh WOW! I’m so jealous that you traveled to Ireland (it’s on my bucket list) and I happy that, through your recipe, I’ll at least be able to visit an authentic Irish pub without leaving my own kitchen. Cheers to that!
    Happy New Year Liz! I wish all the happiness and success you can handle!!!

  13. Liz,
    love this bread!!! I’ve never tried a molasses quick bread. . can’t wait to try this! I have lots of leftover molasses from my cookies!! delicious! your friend sounds like my neighbor across the street. . she is like the baker extraordinaire!

  14. I’d love to visit castles in Ireland and eat their incredible breads. This is a gorgeous and hearty quick bread. So perfect for our Keep it Simple theme this month. Happy New Year, Lizzy!!

  15. Molasses: one of my great passions. To me reminds of Xmas time.
    Happy New Year Lizzy!

  16. I have become enamored recently of anything made with molasses, Liz, so I can’t wait to try your beautiful loaf. Love that deep rich color!

  17. Happy, happy New Year, Liz. I had to smile when you mentioned your trip to Ireland and what you (and your kids) were fascinated by. It’s all about perspective, right? Thanks for the bread update!

  18. We make a lot of quick bread, but haven’t made this one. It looks great! Thanks. And Happy New Year!

  19. Hi Liz, just dropped by to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year. I see you are off to a flying start with this gorgeous bread. We are hardly ever without soda bread in the house but I love the addition of molasses and the cornmeal. Can’t wait to try! I’ve also been drooling over your top 13 of 2013. Hope you have a marvellous 2014.

    Hester x

  20. Liz, this looks so good and I would never have guessed it was a quick bread. I have never tried making soda bread, even though my husband is from Ireland. I’m going to have to rectify that! Liz, I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2014. I’m so glad to “know” you =)

  21. I am hoping the new year slows down about and I am able to spend more time in the kitchen. Baking bread is top on the list. I am saving this recipe.

  22. Oh what a beautiful bread Liz….gorgeous color and texture. And I bet the molasses gives just the right touch of sweetness! I wish you all great things for the new year and I look forward to seeing all the yummy creations you will share with us this year! : )

  23. How delicious! I have a jar of molasses in my larder… might give this a try when the weather cools down! Happy new year.

  24. Love soda bread! I can definitely relate — Ireland is probably my favorite place I’ve ever been. Such a beautiful place. I remember binging on the best grilled cheese sandwiches at this castle outside of Kilkenny!

  25. this bread looks FAB! I seriously need to get some molasses!

  26. Oh Liz, I just love this bread! Once I finish the loaf of bread I just bought, I am making this!! Bookmarking!!

  27. I’ve been dying to go to Ireland…especially to visit castles 🙂 Getting to eat bread like this would be just another reason I need to visit! It looks so yummy…

  28. I love dark breads too, and find it very hard to stop myself from eating more than my share when it is placed on the table. I’m pretty sure I have everything in the pantry I need to try this recipe – I may have to make two though, one for me and one for everyone else in my family 😉
    Hope that you have a wonderful 2014!

  29. What a fantastic quick recipe to put together, I have to agree the Irish do make great bread 🙂 I bet this was amazing smeared in thick butter and enjoyed with a lovely cup of tea!

  30. I’m becoming a fan of quick breads. Your Whole Wheat Molasses bread turned out so beautifully! This would make a great lunch bread with a nice hot cup of coffee.

  31. I have extra molasses left over from gingerbread baking and it would be nice to use it for your recipe. This would be lovely for breakfast or with an afternoon cup of tea. Your photos are great too! Happy New Year!

  32. Liz, Happy New Year! This bread sounds yummy. I would really enjoy a thick slice with some butter, yum.

  33. That looks wonderful!

  34. Your molasses bread and photos are just beautiful. Cheers to you and best wishes for a fabulous 2014!

  35. VERY interesting recipe Liz! Quite different from what we’re used to here. Thanks so much for sharing!
    …And of course, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  36. A perfect quick bread, Liz. Great crust and crumb.

  37. This bread looks perfect. Hope to make it this weekend!

  38. This bread looks amazing. I love how it slices and yes, served warm with a slab of butter it would be wonderful. I didn’t know you spent some time in Ireland. I have a friend there at the moment – she’s finding it very, very cold xx

  39. Your bread looks so good. It is very simple too. I wonder why I haven’t made bread before.

  40. This bread would please me and all those around me too. I want it warm with lashings of homemade butter. 🙂

  41. This recipe is SO easy, it blows my mind! If it wasn’t for the million degree days we’re having here, I’d be heading straight into the kitchen right now Liz! Dark breads are my first choice always.

  42. My kind of bread. Simple and delicious.

  43. Gorgeous looking loaf! I love the deep color – probably from the molasses.

  44. YUM! 1/2 cup molasses? I’m sold! Thanks for sharing this scrumptious quick bread! Hope your 2014 is off to a great start my friend!!!

  45. that was perfect

  46. I love this bread! But my pan was too small & it ran over the sides & didn’t get done in the middle. I salvaged what I could. I have since bought a larger pan & will try it again. Do you think 1 hr & 15 min is enough time?

    • Hi, Dottie,

      It all depends on your oven and the thickness and material of your bread pan. I always start checking before the time stated in the recipe, and keep baking until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out without any crumbs. Your larger pan may make a shallower loaf, so the 1 hour 15 minute time may be more on target. Good luck with your next loaf!

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