Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Boston Brown Bread

Are you ready? Ready for all the holiday baking? No? Well, have no fear! I, Erika Beth the Messy Chef, am here and presenting the 12 Recipes of Christmas.

You've heard of the 12 Days of Christmas. In fact, I did 12 Days of Christmas posts last Christmas. This year I will post 12 recipes in December leading up to Christmas. That's about 3 posts a week compared to 1 a week. How excited are you?! Now you can get great ideas for treats to make for the season.

First up: Boston Brown Bread. Wikipedia describes it as "somewhat seasonal, being served mostly in fall and winter." PERFECT!

The recipe uses molasses. I think this is the first time I've ever used molasses. It was so pretty in my goose measuring cup!
What's even better about molasses is that when you pour it in a bowl, it can double as a spirograph!
This recipe also uses some wheat flour to help it keep its brown color. I think it's the first time I've used wheat flour too! And yes, I have the same problems with wheat flour as with white flour: a mess is made.
The other awesome thing about this recipe is that you bake the bread in soup cans! So, save up some empty cans and then bake away this great winter recipe!
Boston Brown Bread (from My Mom's Best Recipes Cookbook)
1/2 C molasses
1/2 C sugar
2 1/2 t baking soda stirred into
2 C buttermilk
1 t salt
1 egg
2 1/2 C wheat flour
1/2 C all-purpose baking flour
1 t baking powder
1 C raisins plumped

Combine ingredients. Stir. Grease and flour 5 15 oz cans. Fill about half full with batter. Put cans on a baking sheet or a large pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes with a cookie sheet covering cans. Uncover. Bake for another 10 minutes. Once done baking, remove from oven and then remove bread from cans when still hot. Use a knife around the edges to gently pry out.

Erika's Extra: BBB is best served warm and with butter on top and makes an especially good treat for breakfast. Mmmm!
Bake well and prosper!


  1. this was my breakfast today and it was an awesome start to the day! i also realized (having a small childhood flashback) that my grandma used to make this for us when we were little.

  2. This bread look very delicious... Will bookmark this and want to bake this for my boy :D

  3. Brown bread was a staple in my house growing up. Every Saturday night was hot dogs, beans and brown bread. I don't get to have it much anymore since my husband hates it. Thanks so much for this recipe, I've only ever bought it never made it.

  4. Wait, no cornmeal in this recipe? What the...?

  5. Such an interesting recipe! Love that it's baked in a can... genius! And by the way, where did you get those cute measuring cups? =)

  6. JEM - I didn't even know you could buy brown bread. lol Definitely bake this, I'm sure your husband will love it! :)
    Steve2 in LA - I read in Wikipedia that Boston Brown Bread can contain cornmeal and other grains. I was blown away. I must get my hands on one of those recipes and try it!
    Peggy - The cute measuring cups are from Anthropologie. I bought them about 2 years ago though. That's also where I got my giraffe measuring spoons. :)

  7. This looks incredible! How many cans will the recipe fill?

  8. Becca - It fills 5 15 oz cans. But I had a hard time finding 16 oz cans of items I wanted to eat. I ended up splitting the recipe (which means using half an egg - FUN! lol) and using 2 smaller cans and one medium sized can.

  9. You made my day!! I have been looking for this at the store for years (The B&M can that I grew up on) and they no longer sell it anywhere. Thank you so much!!

  10. Fun! Love the baking in the cans. Does that work for anything else? Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Miss Messy Chef!

  11. I was wondering that too? do you think any bread could be made in a can?

  12. Kiah and Miss Lydia - I think you can make any bread in cans as long as it doesn't involve yeast. I've never tried though. If YOU try something, let me know how it turns out. :)


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