Malt loaf recipe

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  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Skill: medium
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 40 min
(may need an extra 10 mins)
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  • With its sticky, bread-like texture and glazed finish, you won't be able to resist baking this classic malt loaf recipe.

    Learn how to make this sweet and sticky malt loaf in just a few simple steps. The black treacle and sticky sultanas make a great combo.

    Our recipe shows you how to make this malf loaf in a breadmaker and by hand too. Once you’ve made this sticky cake once, we’re sure its going to become a family favourite.

    Leftover loaf can be wrapped in tin foil and stored in a cool dry place for up to 3 days. You could also store this loaf in a airtight cake tin.

    Slightly toast it first if you like and eat it with your afternoon cuppa. And don’t forget a generous spread of butter before serving.


    • 1tsp granulated sugar
    • 75g (3oz) butter
    • 1tbsp molasses
    • 1tbsp black treacle
    • 1tbsp malt extract
    • 200g (7oz) strong wholemeal bread flour
    • 200g (7oz) strong white bread flour
    • 1tsp salt
    • 250ml (8fl oz) water
    • 1tsp fast-action/easy-blend yeast
    • 200g (7oz) sultanas
    • You'll also need:
    • Breadmaker (optional)
    • 1kg (2lb) loaf tin
    • Baking parchment


      1. To bake in a breadmaker: Place all of the ingredients into the bread pan, except the sultanas, following the manufacturers’ instructions regarding the order of liquid/dry ingredients. Place the sultanas in the nut/raisin dispenser (if available) and set your machine to the wholewheat raisin setting, medium loaf, medium crust. If you do not have a nut/raisin dispenser add the sultanas when the machine indicates with a beeping sound, and close the lid.


      1. To bake by hand: Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas 3 and line a 1kg (2lb) loaf tin with baking parchment.
      2. In a saucepan, over a low heat to avoid burning, melt the sugar, butter, molasses, treacle and malt extract.
      3. Place both flours and the salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the water, yeast and sultanas. Mix it all together until smooth. Stir in the melted butter mixture and mix together.
      4. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for 40 – 50 mins until the top is firm.

      Simply Good Bread by Peter Sidwell, Simon & Schuster Ltd

    Top tip for making Malt loaf

    This bread recipe includes two sets of instructions to help you bake a delicious malt loaf using a breadmaker or by hand if you don't have one.

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