Bread Machine: Spiced Molasses Bread

This bread machine recipe for Spiced Molasses Bread is a smaller loaf, 1½ pounds, making it accessible for most bread machines. We make bread in our Zojirushi bread machine, which produces a standard-size loaf of bread in the 2 to 2½ pound range. The smaller loaves can come out a bit misshapen but still taste fine. If you notice this happening, you can gently shape the loaf and spread it out after the second kneading.

This is a sweeter loaf. It works with butter, savory, or sweet toppings. It reminds me a bit of the “sweet brown bread” served in their bread basket at a certain restaurant chain.

Spiced Molasses Bread


  • ¾ cup water*
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter*
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon peel, zested
  • 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour (360 grams)
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp dry ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp bread machine or quick-rising yeast


Add the dry ingredients in the order your bread machine calls for.

*Our bread machine heats the liquids; if yours doesn’t heat the water to the temperature called for, let the butter melt in it before adding.

Set for a Basic/White cycle and a medium crust.

Once baked, remove, knock out, and let cool on a wire rack.

Store in a bread bag once cooled.

Makes one 1½ pound loaf.

Spiced Molasses Bread