Malt loaf recipe

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Learn how to make this sweet and sticky malt loaf in just a few simple steps. This mouth-watering malt loaf recipe is sure to become a family favourite

How to make malt loaf
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  • healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time20 mins (approx by hand)
Cooking Time40 mins (may need an extra 10 mins)
Total Time1 hours (or quicker using a breadmaker)

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.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies