Methodist or Wesleyan Bread


This molasses-raisin bread is an old favorite from Newfoundland. If you do not care for caraway seed, you may substitute 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
2 loaves


  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 cup lukewarm water

  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast

  • ¾ cup molasses

  • 4 teaspoons salt

  • 6 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¼ cup shortening, melted

  • 3 cups lukewarm water

  • 2 cups raisins

  • 12 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons caraway seed


  1. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of sugar in 1 cup of water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and allow to soften for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together the molasses, salt, 6 tablespoons of sugar, and shortening into the remaining 3 cups of water in a large bowl until dissolved. Add the raisins, flour, and caraway seed.

  2. Mix together until a dough forms, then turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 10 to 15 minutes. Place into a well oiled bowl, and brush the top with a little melted shortening. Cover with a cloth and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

  3. Punch down, and allow to rise again until doubled in bulk, another hour.

  4. Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface, punch down, then form into two loaves. Place loaves into the pans, cover with a cloth, and allow to rise again until doubled in size.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. Bake loaves in preheated oven for 1 hour until they are nicely browned and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

246 Calories
2g Fat
52g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 241mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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