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Boston Brown Bread

Boston Brown Bread
Written by Stgcom

Boston Brown Bread is a mix of Rye and Whole Wheat combined with Molasses, buttermilk and raisins. It is a dark bread so full of flavour and actually steamed not baked.

Boston Brown Bread

Boston Brown Bread

This is a corn based bread and is cooked using the same method as the American Indians who originally taught it.
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread, Dairy, Fruit
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 2010kcal



  • Beat the molasses and buttermilk vigorously together with a wooden spoon in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the raisins.
  • Combine the dry ingredients and mix them into the buttermilk mixture one cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  • Thoroughly wash and dry two empty 28 oz (794 g) tin cans and coat the insides with the butter, using a pastry brush.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the cans.
  • Cover each can loosely with a circle of buttered wax paper and then with a circle of aluminum foil.
  • The foil and waxed paper should be puffed up, like a chef’s hat.
  • Tie the wax paper and foil in place with kitchen string.
  • Place the cans in a large pot with enough boiling water to come about 3/4 of the way up the sides of the cans.
  • Return the water to a boil, cover the pot tightly, and reduce the heat to low.
  • Steam the bread for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Remove the wax paper and foil immediately and turn the bread out of the cans if you plan to serve it immediately.
  • Or you can leave the bread in the cans with the foil and paper in place and steam it 10 to 15 minutes to reheat the loaves before serving at a later date.
  • The cooked loaves, with the covers intact, can safely be kept in the refrigerator for a week to ten days.


Serve with warm butter for a superb flavour


Sodium: 2044mg | Sugar: 146g | Fiber: 44g | Potassium: 2908mg | Cholesterol: 25mg | Calories: 2010kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fat: 19g | Protein: 45g | Carbohydrates: 444g