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Molasses (or Lassy) Bread Preparation time: 4 - 4 1/2 hours Cooking time: 1 hour Prepairs: 2 loaves 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup lukewarm water 1 package active dry yeast 2 1/2 cups of milk or water 1/4 cup butter 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 cup molasses 6-7 cups flour, all-purpose 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon mace 1 teaspoon cloves 4 cups raisins Step 1: Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water to which sugar has been added. Leave undisturbed for 10- 15 minutes until yeast is bubbly. Step 2: In saucepan, heat milk with butter and salt until butter melts; let cool to lukewarm (too high of heat will kill yeast) Step 3: In large mixing bowl, combine molasses, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour, spices, and raisins. Beat with wooden spoon 2-3 minutes. Continue adding flour until moist soft dough is formed. Step 4: Place on flat surface and knead for about 10 minutes until dough becomes smooth and elastic (Add more flour if dough sticks to surface) Step 5: Place in lightly oiled bowl in a warm place until doubled in bulk(1 1/2 - 2 hours) Step 6: Divide dough in half and shape to form 2 loaves making them smooth on surface. Place in 2 greased 9 x 5 - inch loaf pan and allow to rise again until doubled(1 - 2 hours). Loosely cover pans with a clean damp dish cloth. Step 7: Bake in preheated 375 F oven, until loaves are browned and give a hollow sound when tapped (about 1 hour). Brush tops of loaves with melted butter while hot. Hope you enjoy this traditional Newfoundland dish. .
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