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    Boston Brown Bread

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    2 hrs 40 mins

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    2 hrs 30 mins

    echo echo's Note:

    This molasses-flavored bread is a New England classic and is typically served with Boston baked beans. It is steamed rather than baked, and should come out quite moist. I've always made it in coffee cans, but if you don't have any available, use 1-quart molds.

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    1. 1
      Cream the shortening and sugar together.
    2. 2
      Beat in the egg and molasses.
    3. 3
      Beat in the flour through the buttermilk.
    4. 4
      Stir in the raisins.
    5. 5
      Spoon into 2 well-greased coffee cans, making them a little more than half full.
    6. 6
      Cover with greased lids or foil.
    7. 7
      Set coffee cans on a rack or an inverted dinner plate in a deep kettle and add boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the cans.
    8. 8
      Cover and steam 2½ hrs.
    9. 9
      Replace boiling water periodically to maintain the level of liquid.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 18, 2005


      The taste of this bread was fine, but the texture was not quite what I was looking for. My family loves the brown bread in a can which our markets no longer carry. This recipe was a bit drier. But it was easy to make, healthy, went nicely with Durgin Park Baked Beans, and was eaten and enjoyed by all.

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    Nutritional Facts for Boston Brown Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (1299 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1409.0
    Calories from Fat 194
    Total Fat 21.5 g
    Saturated Fat 5.8 g
    Cholesterol 114.3 mg
    Sodium 2735.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 287.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 21.8 g
    Sugars 68.4 g
    Protein 34.1 g

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