Syrup Bread-Vintage Recipe, savoring the Past from Yesteryears.

Antique Cookbook/All Recipes Over 100 Years Old

Syrup bread is one of those vintage recipes that you don’t hear about anymore, it’s a traditional sweet bread and it is so yummy.  It’s traditional in the sense that it is made with added sugar or other sweeteners, such as honey, or fruits.

This antique recipe book was tucked away amongst a few other little cookbooks at a local thrift store and when I saw it I knew of course, I had to buy it. It is one of the most interesting cookbooks that I have come across.  Some of the recipes seem to have come straight out of Granny’s Kitchen on Beverly Hillbillies!  The recipes are a little lacking in directions and instructions. This Syrup Bread recipe is exactly how it was written in the cookbook.

Syrup Bread:

Sift together:

2 cups of flour.

2 teaspoons baking powder.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon soda.

2 teaspoons ginger.

1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Stir in:

1/3 cup melted butter.

1 cup homemade simple syrup (directions below) or molasse

3/4 cup buttermilk.

 2 eggs.

Mix well, pour into a loaf pan, and bake in a moderate oven for about one hour.

I baked this in a 350* oven for one hour and let cool in the loaf pan for about 15 minutes then put on a rack to finish cooling.

My simple syrup recipe:

1 cup sugar

1 cup of water

Cook over medium heat until sugar is melted, and it is a little thick. I also  added 1 cinnamon stick and some grated orange peel to brighten the flavor. The molasses gives it a richer taste, and ads more flavor than a regular simple syrup. This recipe makes a nice dense bread that is great sliced with butter.

Antique Cookbook, All recipes over 100 years old. Copyrighted April 1974, #529372


  1. Donna Montgomery

    September 20, 2023 at 4:52 am

    I’ve not had syrup bread since I was a little girl. So happy I found your articles and recipes!!! [email protected]

    1. justinascountrykitchen

      September 21, 2023 at 12:06 am

      I am so happy that you found this. My husband loves this for breakfast. Have a great day. Justina.

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