Great-Grandma’s Boston Brown Bread Recipe: This New England Brown Bread Dates Back to the 1800s | Bread/Muffins


A New England staple, Boston brown bread – simply called brown bread in New England – is a soft, sweet bread made with raisins and molasses baked in aluminum cans. (Cans of baked beans would be a good choice!) Bread is said to have first appeared in the 1800s.

Serve this easy Boston Brown Bread recipe with cream cheese, butter, jam or jelly. Bread can be eaten at room temperature or lukewarm. If you don’t want to cook yourself, you can buy brown bread already done in a box.

Type of cuisine: American

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Total duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Servings: Makes 4 round loaves or 1 regular sized loaf


Here’s how to do it:

  1. Cover the raisins with boiling water and let them sit for at least 10 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, combine the two flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the egg.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, molasses and baking soda.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Stir in raisins.
  5. Spray four 15-ounce cans with nonstick cooking spray Where a 9×5 inch bread pan. Fill the cans about halfway with batter. Put the boxes on a hob.
  6. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for about 50 minutes. Remove cans from baking sheet and continue baking 10 more minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove the boxes from the oven. Use a sharp knife to cut off the excess bread sticking out from the top of the box. Let the bread cool before removing it from the boxes.

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