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Monday, February 28, 2022

Heirloom Boston Brown Bread

Do you remember those large round cans of ready-to-eat Boston Brown Bread in the supermarkets? As a kid, we always had a can or two in the cupboard, but now I make my own! Heirloom Boston Brown Bread is a family favorite, and so easy to bake.


My mother would keep a can or two of Boston Brown Bread in her pantry. I can still see that label on the can in my memory bank. When dinner was a bit "skimpy" She would cut out both ends of the can. Slide the bread out onto a platter and slice it. The bread in the can was always a bit dry and slightly sweet. I really liked that bread as a child because it was fun to see a loaf of bread sliding out of a large can! She always let us butter our own piece, and honestly, the bread was a bit dry and needed that butter!


I bought a few cans of that bread myself in the early years when I had young children. Then one day I ran across this recipe and I knew, I want to eat this bread! Heirloom Boston Brown Bread is a traditional whole grain bread to be served alongside a dish of beans, soup, or stew. These little loaves of bread are not sugar-sweetened. Only sweet from the molasses and raisins making it the perfect partner to serve with beans. It had an enjoyable, tender texture, one that goes well with butter, just like the bread in the can.


The recipe called for baking the bread in one pound (size) cans and while the round shape is traditional, I had no cans to bake in. Also in my small kitchen here in the apartment, due to a lack of space, I did not want to save cans for future use. So I used small loaf pans, and it worked perfectly! Heirloom Boston Brown Bread is a delicious loaf of healthy goodness that the whole family will love. You just might find yourself making this often...

Some thoughts on this recipe:

If you prefer, you may also bake this in muffin tins, you will need to adjust the baking time accordingly.

This recipe has no added fat, so yes, you will want to butter your bread!

This whole wheat recipe has a 30-minute wait after mixing before baking. 


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • whole wheat flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • buttermilk
  • molasses
  • raisins 
  • nuts
You will also need the following:
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • silicone spatula
  • medium-sized mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • small individual loaf pans
or 
  • muffin pan
Now we are ready to begin!




Heirloom Boston Brown Bread
adapted from:  More with Less Cookbook
350-degree oven

2 1/2 c whole wheat flour, we use pastry grind flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt

2 c buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 c molasses
1 c raisins, chopped and lightly floured
1/4 c nuts (optional)

Using a cutting board chop the raisins if desired, and the nuts if used. Set aside. 

In the medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, salt, and baking soda. Whisk together to mix well. 

Add the molasses, buttermilk along with the raisins and nuts. Mix until smooth. 

Prepare 3 small loaf pans for baking, spoon evenly batter evenly into each pan.

Let stand for 30 minutes for the flour to hydrate. Bake 30- 35 minutes or until done in your oven.

Let cool briefly, before removing from pans. Wrap airtight and store 24 hours before serving, for easier slicing.

Storage options for Heirloom Boston Brown Bread. Store well wrapped for up to three days at room temperature. I do not recommend freezing this bread due to the low-fat content. 

UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Heirloom Boston Brown Bread has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:


Heirloom Boston Brown Bread
adapted from:  More with Less Cookbook
350-degree oven

2 1/2 c whole wheat flour, we use pastry grind flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt

2 c buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 c molasses
1 c raisins, chopped and lightly floured
1/4 c nuts (optional)

Using a cutting board chop the raisins if desired, and the nuts if used. Set aside. 

In the medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, salt, and baking soda. Whisk together to mix well. 

Add the molasses, buttermilk along with the raisins and nuts. Mix until smooth. 

Prepare 3 small loaf pans for baking, spoon evenly batter evenly into each pan.

Let stand for 30 minutes for the flour to hydrate. Bake 30- 35 minutes or until done in your oven.

Let cool briefly, before removing from pans. Wrap airtight and store 24 hours before serving, for easier slicing.

Storage options for Heirloom Boston Brown Bread. Store well wrapped for up to three days at room temperature. I do not recommend freezing this bread due to the low-fat content. 

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  1. Looks yummy! Thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 11! 25 entries in 25 hours!! Shared on Fb, Pn, and Tw.

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  2. I will be baking this delicious-sounding bread as soon as I get an oven! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    1. Nicki, I thought you might like this one! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. This looks SO good. I love things like this warm from the oven with a cup of tea!

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    1. I agree there is nothing like warm freshly baked bread (of all kinds!) with butter! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  4. Your bread looks tasty! Pinned.

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  5. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 73. Pinned.

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  6. Thanks for sharing at @Esmesalon #SeniorSalonPitStop Pinned and Tweeted. This does look outstanding. I am always on the lookout for something other than my normal.

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  7. Bread in a can? Pretty sure we never had this!

    Thanks for sharing with Weekend Cooking!

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    1. Yes, google B&M Boston Brown Bread in a can, a photo will come up on the search. It was quite tasty.

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  8. That is a beautiful loaf of bread!! Thanks for sharing at the Meatless Monday party! Hope to see you again tomorrow.

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  9. Brown bread looks super yum and is a one that is still in my list to bake. Your bread looks fantastic I have try your recipe soon!

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  10. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Hope your week is awesome.

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 578. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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