You’re gonna love this easy recipe for a delicious large loaf of Baked Brown Bread! Molasses and cocoa powder add to the color and flavor!You're gonna love this easy recipe for a delicious large loaf of Baked Brown Bread! Molasses and cocoa powder add to the color and flavor!

If you’ve been looking for a GREAT TASTING loaf of brown bread to make that is EASY, requires NO YEAST, and tastes fabulous, may I recommend this recipe for baked brown bread? I got the recipe originally from an older cookbook I have in my collection. It has truly become one of my most favorite breads!

The recipe could not be easier! Combine dry ingredients, combine wet ingredients, and then pour them into a standard-sized loaf pan (9×5) and bake. BOOM! A yummy warm loaf of baked brown bread, ready to slather with soft butter OR eat it just as it is! YUM! Here’s how to make this simple bread loaf:

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Prepare The Batter For Baked Brown Bread

The first thing you will do is preheat your oven to 350°F. It only takes a few minutes to prepare the bread batter, so you will want your oven hot and ready to roll once the batter is done, okay? OK.

Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl.  In a SEPARATE bowl, lightly beat an egg, then add milk and molasses, and whisk to combine these wet ingredients.

Dry ingredients for the brown bread are whisked together in large bowl.In a separate bowl, milk, molasses and beaten egg are combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Add a Tablespoon of melted vegetable shortening, then stir the ingredients well to fully combine. This is the batter for the baked brown bread. See how easy that was to make?

Wet brown bread batter is added to the dry ingredients and stirred, to combine.Batter for baked brown bread is now ready to add to prepared loaf pan for baking.

Time To Make Some Baked Brown Bread!

Generously spray or grease the bottom and sides of a 9×5 loaf pan. Pour all of the batter into the prepared pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven, and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the top of the loaf comes out clean.

HALFWAY through the baking time, quickly sprinkle the top of the loaf with old fashioned rolled oats, if desired. This is an optional step, but I think it looks great on the loaf once done.

Standard sized loaf pan filled with brown bread batter, and ready to bake.Old fashioned oats are sprinkled on top of brown bread, halfway through baking.

The Baked Brown Bread Is Ready To Enjoy!

When the bread is done baking (and a toothpick comes out clean), remove the pan from the oven. Let the baked brown bread cool (still in the pan) for about 15 minutes. Run a butter knife carefully around the edges of the bread, then carefully turn the pan over, and the bread should release from the pan.

Let the bread cool a bit longer on a wire rack before slicing. We like to eat this delicious bread while still warm (but not HOT).  Spread some softened butter on a slice, and dig in! It tastes wonderful. It has great flavor, a deep brown color. We enjoy eating slices of this bread as is, or toasted or broiled, and slathered with butter. 

A loaf of delicious, baked brown bread, cooling on a wire rack.One warm slice of baked brown bread, spread with melting butter.

I really hope you will give this yummy bread a try, and trust you will enjoy it as much as we do! Thank you for stopping by, and I sincerely hope you will come back for another visit again soon. Have a great day.

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Original recipe source: The cookbook “Church Suppers”, page 92, published in 2005 by Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, New York

Baked Brown Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

You're gonna love this easy recipe for a delicious large loaf of Baked Brown Bread! Molasses and cocoa powder add to the color and flavor!

Category: Bread/Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked brown bread
Servings: 10
Calories Per Serving: 246 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (for baking)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • cups milk
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening , melted
  • 1 Tablespoon old fashioned oats (optional) , to sprinkle on top of loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease or spray a 9x5 loaf pan on bottom and sides.

  2. Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl until combined. 

  3. In SEPARATE bowl, lightly beat egg, then add milk and molasses. Whisk until fully blended. Add to flour mixture. Add the melted vegetable shortening; stir ingredients in, until batter is fully combined.

  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Place pan on middle rack of oven. Bake for a total of 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the top of the loaf comes out clean. HALFWAY through the baking time, sprinkle top of loaf with oats, if desired.

  5. When done, remove pan from oven. Let bread cool (still in pan) for 15 minutes. Run a butter knife carefully around edges of bread, then carefully turn pan over to release bread from pan. Let bread cool a bit longer on wire rack before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Baked Brown Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/10th of total))
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 256mg11%
Potassium 409mg12%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 96IU2%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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