Sliced Nut Brown Bread

Grandma Ricks’ Nut Brown Bread by Jennifer Beckstrand

Amish Cooking is down-home cooking. My friend Debbie Hiller gave me this old family recipe for a quick bread that is hearty and sweet and oh-so delicious.


2/3 cup molasses
2 tsp. baking soda
2 2/3 cup buttermilk
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp. salt
1½ cups chopped walnuts or pecans (I use pecans)
2 cups raisins (softened in hot water and drained)
2½ cups whole wheat flour
2½ cups white flour


Mix together molasses and baking soda and let sit. Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add the molasses and baking soda mixture and stir in. Divide the dough into three full-size bread loaf pans sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Visit for recipes, upcoming events, and news about books and giveaways.

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