Boston Brown Bread
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Classic Boston Brown Bread - a family tradition.
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Bread
Serves: 2 loaves
  • 1 c. raisins
  • ¼ c. water
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. rye flour
  • 1 c. yellow cornmeal
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 2 c. buttermilk
  • ¾ c. molasses
  1. Wash out two old coffee cans or baked beans cans (either works fine). No need to grease or coat them in any way.
  2. Fill a large pot with enough water to cover about half the height of the cans. Cover and bring to a low boil.
  3. In a small sauce pan, add raisins and water; bring to boil then remove from heat. Stir in baking soda and allow to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, add flours, cornmeal and salt and stir to combine.
  5. In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, molasses, raisins and water and mix well. Add to dry ingredients and stir gently to combine.
  6. Transfer equal amounts of batter to the cans and place a small piece of aluminum foil over each.
  7. Place cans in steaming water and cover with lid.
  8. Simmer on LOW up to 2 hours.
  9. After about 1.5 hours, check with a cake tester/bamboo skewer and if it comes out clean, they're done.
  10. Remove from water and allow to cool.
  11. Use a can opener to remove the bottom ends of the cans and push the breads through with the lids.
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