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15Total Time
45Prep Time
20Bake Time
A challenge

Molasses bread rolls

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About the bake

These impressive little molasses bread rolls look so adorable and taste fantastic as the molasses sugar adds deal depth of flavour.

What does molasses do in bread?

Molasses is a sweet thickened liquid that comes from the sugar refining process, so it makes baked goods moister with a chewier texture. Molasses is very dark brown and will affect the way your baked goods look, giving them a darker hue.

Tips and tricks for making molasses bread rolls

  1. Use white bread flour along with bread flour for the best texture.
  2. To freeze these bread rolls, let them cool completely, then wrap each tightly in cling film. They'll freeze well and keep for up to three months.

If you enjoyed this recipe, try out our molasses salted caramel doughnuts.

15Total Time
45Prep Time
20Bake Time
A challenge


  1. Step 1:

    Oil the base and sides of 12 x 125ml (4floz) dariole moulds or small terracotta pots. Put the flours into a large bowl with the allspice, salt and butter. Rub together with your fingertips to make crumbs.

  2. Step 2:

    Add the molasses sugar and yeast.

  3. Step 3:

    Gradually pour in the warm water and mix together to make a rough dough.

  4. Step 4:

    Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and stretch and knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

  5. Step 5:

    Cut the dough into 12 even sized pieces, make each into a smooth ball. Then roll each one between the palms of your hands to elongate it. Drop smooth side up into greased pots or moulds. Cover loosely with cling film. Leave in a warm place until doubled in size. (This will take approximately 30 minutes.)

  6. Step 6:

    Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan, gas mark 7). Remove cling film from bread and reduce the oven temperature to 200°C (180°C fan, gas mark 6). Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden.


    • 450g Very strong wholemeal bread flour
    • 100g Very strong white bread flour
    • 1.5 tsp Salt
    • 25g Butter (unsalted)
    • 3 tbsp Unrefined molasses sugar
    • 1 tbsp Easy bake yeast
    • 350ml Warm water
    • 1pinch Allspice (ground)

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