Yankee Brown Bread

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
Recipe by Yrhaven (aka Condiment Queen)

This recipe is from an authentic civil war cookbook. Of course they had to adapt measurements etc. to be more understandable to us. I made this when I was trying to find a simple bread recipe, as I wasn't in the mood for kneading, rising etc. and had limited ingredients on hand. It was easy and turned out great. It is best warm with butter, be forewarned, it is a dense and sweet bread. The original recipe called for 1 C. molasses, which I thought was a bit much (and I love molasses), so I have put it here as 1/2 C. I have not made it that way yet, but you might want to try 1/2 C the first time, and then decide if you want to increase it thereafter. I hope you enjoy making this piece of history, and imagining what a treat this would have been for the exhausted soldiers.

Top Review by Sydney Mike

I really, really enjoyed making this bread! I did use the 1/2 cup of molasses, but I also used a cup of DARK brown sugar! I served it with a plain butter, which was great as it allowed the flavor of the bread to come through A LOT! Thanks for sharing! [Made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs in this Spring's PAC]

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix salt, soda, and 1 1/2 C of flour together.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; beat 5 minutes.
  3. Place batter in 2 greased and floured loaf pans.
  4. Bake in low oven (300 deg) for about 1 1/2 hours, or until bread tests done.

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