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    Boston Brown Bread

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    3 hrs 10 mins

    40 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins

    Pa. Hiker's Note:

    This recipe is from a local restaurant chain, Eat-n-Park; they no longer make the bread, but have posted the recipe on their site for patrons to enjoy.

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    1. 1
      Generously grease 2 (1 pound) coffee cans, or 3 (1 lb.) vegetable or fruit cans, or two vegetable juice cans (pineapple or V8 work well); set aside. (The cans should only have one end removed.).
    2. 2
      In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add raisins and walnuts, if desired. Toss to evenly coat the raisins and nuts with the flour mixture.
    3. 3
      In a medium bowl, combine the oil, water, egg, vanilla, sugar, and molasses. Mix well.
    4. 4
      Stir the wet mixture into the flour mixture only until dry ingredients are moistened.
    5. 5
      Turn into prepared cans, filling evenly. Cover cans tightly with 2 layers of foil; secure with string or rubber band.
    6. 6
      Cook with one of the two following methods:.
    7. 7
      #1: Place a rack in a large kettle or pot. Place the cans on rack. Place kettle/pot over low heat. Add boiling water until halfway up cans. Cover; bring water to a gentle boil. Steam bread 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Add more boiling water during steaming, if necessary.
    8. 8
      #2: Place a rack in a large kettle or pot. Place cans on the rack. Add boiling water to the kettle/pot and cover with a lid. Place the kettle in a 325° oven and steam for 2 hours and 45 minutes, replacing boiling water as needed.
    9. 9
      Carefully remove bread from cans. Cool on racks at least 30 minutes before slicing.

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    Nutritional Facts for Boston Brown Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (1091 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 157.3
    Calories from Fat 19
    Total Fat 2.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 13.2 mg
    Sodium 236.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 31.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 14.6 g
    Protein 2.6 g

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