Authentic Boston Brown Bread Recipe
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Authentic Boston Brown Bread Recipe

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The rustic, old-fashioned flavor of this hearty bread is out of this world! Sharon Delaney-Chronis South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • Cream cheese, softened, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 124 calories, 3g fat (trace saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, molasses, brown sugar and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts and raisins. Transfer to a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan; cover with foil.
  2. Place pan on a rack in a boiling-water canner or other large, deep pot; add 1 in. of hot water to pot. Bring to a gentle boil; cover and steam for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, adding more water to the pot as needed.
  3. Remove pan from the pot; let stand for 10 minutes before removing bread from pan to a wire rack. Serve with cream cheese if desired. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).
Originally published as Authentic Boston Brown Bread in Taste of Home February/March 2009, p46

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Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"Very good and very hearty."

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"Thank you for this. I do not have the proper sized cans to make this like I used to and never thought of steaming it in a loaf pan. I love this with some authentic baked beans."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"Alittle gritty from the corn meal

pretty tasty"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"I love this bread for breakfast, and it's so healthy too. I'm happy when a recipie gets me to try something new and I end up liking it. But . . . my hubby and kids won't touch the stuff. All the more for me! Ha-ha!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"i didn't have a rack so I laid some forks in the bottom of the pot and sat my cans on them, worked great."

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