Boston Brown Bread
Boston Brown Bread
with Step-by-Step Pictures
This recipe is delicious with Baked Beans . In fact, this recipe was found on the flip side of the baked bean recipe, that my grandma tore out of a Mc Calls magazine so many years ago. Baked beans and Boston Brown Bread complement each other beautifully. A meal in itself. Give them both a try and find out for yourself way Baked Beans and Boston Brown Bread have been family favorites for generations.
Boston Brown Bread is made in a Coffee Can
A dense, cornmeal based bread.
Place a rack in bottom of deep stock pot or canner
Use clean metal coffee cans
1- pound size coffee cans work best
Assemble ingredients needed
Grease cans well with solid shortening
Sift cornmeal, flour, baking soda, salt and allspice
Mix together milk, buttermilk and molasses
Add to dry ingredients, mix with spoon, just until combined
Lightly fold in golden raisins
Spoon batter into the well greased coffee cans
Fill cans 2/3 full
Tap bottom of can on hard surface to bring air bubbles to the surface
Wrap pieces of heavy duty foil tightly over tops of cans. Place cans on rack in deep kettle
Add boiling water to kettle to come halfway up sides of cans, cover kettle
Steam for 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Remove bread from kettle, cool. Remove bread from coffee cans
Slice bread and serve with baked beans
If you have never tried Boston Brown Bread you’re in for a real treat. If you love cornbread, you will love this bread. The textures are similar but Boston Brown Bread is richer in flavor. Do in part to the addition of molasses and possibly due to the fact it’s steamed.
Boston Brown Bread
- 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
- 2 cups unsifted all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
- 3/4 cup dark molasses
- 1 cup light or dark raisins
- boiling water
- Large Stock Pot
- 2 clean 1-lb coffee cans
- Grease well 2 1-pound size coffee cans.
- In a large bowl sift cornmeal, flour, baking soda, salt and allspice.
- In a small bowl, combine milk, buttermilk and dark molasses.
- Gradually add milk mixture to flour mixture; beat with a spoon just until combined. Stir in raisins. Spoon into coffee cans, filling 2/3 full. Wrap pieces of heavy duty foil tightly over tops.
- Place cans on rack in a deep kettle. Add boiling water to kettle to come halfway up sides of cans; cover. Steam 2 1/2 to 3 hours; adding more boiling water as needed. Remove and cool on rack. Serve with baked beans.
This recipe was made with Sun Maid Raisins
10 Comments on “Boston Brown Bread”
I had to leave you a note to tell you how much I love Boston brown bread. I'm pinning this because I'm going to make this in the Fall. Wow. I LOVE brown bread. Does it taste like the ones in the can you buy? Linda
Hi Linda! This was the first time I have ever made Boston Brown Bread, I have eaten it before but never made it. I only wish I would have used the dark raisins instead of the golden. I think the bread you buy in the can has more of a molasses flavor than this bread does but you could add more molasses to this recipe, if you like. I thought this bread was really good and fun to make:) I also am a huge fan of Boston Brown Bread:)
Thanks Betty~ Congrats on your weight loss! Great Job:)
Thanks for stopping by my blog! The bread looks fabulous!
I love this bread, my mother used to make it all the time. It's tastes great, plus it's cheap to make 🙂
Hi Ann~ This bread was wonderful, I only wish I had the dark raisins, like the recipe called for:) Lynn
This sounds wonderful!!!! Ive never seen anything like it and it sounds fun and delish!!
Hi Angela~ It is a very dense bread and it is excellent with baked beans~ Your boys would love to make this bread~ They will get a kick out of cooking the bread in a can!
I love Boston brown bread (or Maritime brown bread as we call it on the East Coast of Canada.) It's so perfect with baked beans. I came across a recipe for Boston brown bread muffins — the next best thing to the steamed bread when you're pressed for time. If you're interested I posted it to my blog: http://blog.crosbys.com/boston-brown-bread-muffins-recipe/
Hi Bridget~ Thanks for stopping and would love to take a look at your recipe for Boston brown bread muffins! They sound great:)