Molasses Buckwheat Loaf


Transform a buckwheat bread recipe into a fall-flavored treat by adding a quarter cup of molasses. It's delicious evidence that molasses recipes can go far beyond gingersnap cookies.

Molasses Buckwheat Loaf
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Prep Time:
35 mins
Rise Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
1 loaf (12 slices)


  • ½ cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 2 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 pacakge active dry yeast

  • cup water

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup rye flour

  • ½ cup buckwheat flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the 1/2 cup warm water, the molasses, oil, and yeast. Cover and let stand about 5 minutes or until the mixture is cloudy and a little foamy.

  2. Add the 1/3 cup water. Add 1 1/2 cups of the all-purpose flour, the rye flour, buckwheat flour, and salt. Stir until nearly combined. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining all-purpose flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (5 to 7 minutes total).

  3. Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease dough surface. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double in size (1 1/2 hours).

  4. Punch down dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Grease a 8x4x2-inch loaf pan. Shape dough by gently patting and pinching into a loaf shape, tucking edges underneath. Using a paring knife, make a few diagonal slashes in the top of the loaf. Place shaped dough in the prepared pan. Cover; let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 30 minutes).

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush dough with melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until mahogany in color and bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

163 Calories
4g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 163
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 4g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 158mg 3%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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