Boston Brown Bread

"This is a recipe from Milwaukee,Wisconsin. It is is a favorite of mine. I bake it in cans, so the loaves are round. Very nice when you make up GOODIE baskets, especially liked by elderly people."
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  • Put dates, raisins, oleo, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Pour the boiling water over this mixture. Mix then let cool.
  • Beat 2 eggs, sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
  • Add the cooled mixture alternately with the flour.Stir in nuts.
  • Bake in 3-1# cans that have been well greased.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
  • Cool slightly, then run a butter knife around the inside edge of can to loosen bread. Pull out gently and wrap while still partly warm in plastic wrap. This keeps the round loaves moist.
  • These freeze well. When baking these, I usually double the recipe and freeze half for gifts.
  • This is delicious! It does not taste at all like the can stuff in the store.

Questions & Replies

  1. I have 3 baked bean cans that are tall, held 28oz. Is that the size can? Like a large soup can?


  1. This recipe is great. I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup mollasses. This is tastes just like brown bread (even better)in a can usually served with baked beans. I love it Thanks
  2. Just like mama used to make! We had with Recipe #303131, and we chowed down like there was no tomorrow. Even my DS indulged and that's a first for him!
  3. Very good served with hotdogs and beans! Skipped the walnuts but otherwise made as directed except I used a stoneware bread pan shaped as a coffee can and two small bread (individual serving size) pans (for the freezer). Thanks for sharing!
  4. I made this while one of my employees plowed snow. Then I served it still hot with coffee when he came it. We all liked it a lot. I didn't add the baking soda until after the bowl had cooled. Also mine was a little gooey in the middle. One of the "loaves" I didn't cut until it was completely cooled and then it was completely done as well. But it is a wonderful recipe. I came back to it because I am planning to make it again.
  5. I made this brown bread recipe to go with dinner and it was a great addition! We couldn't leave it alone. I think I had 3 pieces myself :) I love the addition of the dates and walnuts to this Boston favorite!


  1. Halved the recipe. Didn't have dates, so used diced prunes. Used half whole wheat flour & half white flour. Baked in a small bread pan. It came out great! Might try a small cast iron pan, just for fun, next time. Yum!
    • Review photo by debraanneszarek



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